February 4, 2020 – The chief information officer is considered among the most strategic roles in any organization. Still, head-hunting within the function remains challenging, as skilled C-suite IT professionals are among the toughest to find. Recently, Diversified Search placed former Estee Lauder Companies executive Rhonda Vetere as the new CIO of Herbalife Nutrition. The search was led by John Mestepey, managing director of the firm’s Miami office, and Tony Leng, managing director in San Francisco.
“We are proud to welcome another accomplished global executive with tremendous experience to the team,” said Dave Pezzullo, chief operating officer at Herbalife Nutrition. “Rhonda’s expertise will greatly strengthen the company’s technology capabilities and guide the digital strategies that support our independent distributors’ businesses.”
Bringing more than 25 years of experience as a global technology executive in the health, financial, insurance and consumer packaged goods industries, as well as several telecommunications companies worldwide, Ms. Vetere offers a unique understanding of digital transformation while creating high performance teams. She has lived around the world and brings diverse thought and leadership.
Most recently, Ms. Vetere was CIO at Santander Bank, where she helped transform their mobile, retail and online banking applications and infrastructure. Before that, she spent five years as chief technology officer for Estee Lauder Companies, leading global infrastructure, applications, service delivery, operations, security, architecture and IT strategy. Ms. Vetere brings her expertise to a number of professional and educational boards, including the World BPO/ITO Forum Board Executive Advisory Council, Longwood University, George Mason University School of Business, the Canadian Cloud Council and Xcelocloud Inc., among others. She has also been recognized for a number of executive and technology awards, including the 2019 Top 50 Most Powerful Women in Technology from the National Diversity Council and shortlisted Top Woman of the Year, for Women in IT Awards Silicon Valley, most recently in 2019.
“I’m looking forward to sharing my experience and bringing my solutions in the technology space and increasing value for our distributors, customers and employees,” said Ms. Vetere. “I’m also thrilled to be a part of a brand that shares my commitment to living a healthy, active lifestyle.”
Herbalife Nutrition offers high-quality, science-backed products, sold in over 90 countries by entrepreneurial distributors who provide one-on-one coaching and a supportive community that inspires their customers to embrace a healthier, more active lifestyle.
Headquartered in Philadelphia, Diversified Search is the largest U.S. female-owned and founded firm in the executive recruitment industry. It has offices in Atlanta, Chicago, Cleveland, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. Diversified is the U.S. partner of AltoPartners, an international alliance of 58 independent executive search firms that spans 35 countries across the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia-Pacific.
Mr. Mestepey has focused his practice on key management assignments at the board of directors, CEO, COO and CFO levels across many industries, including the restaurant, retail, consumer products, financial services, healthcare, higher education, travel and leisure, technology and biopharmaceutical sectors, among others. Earlier, Mr. Mestepey ran the Miami office of Edward Kelley & Partners, and for 19 years was the managing director of the Miami office of A.T. Kearney Executive Search.
Mr. Leng leads both the firm’s CIO and innovation and transformation practices. Previously a managing partner of Hodge Partners, he has conducted C-suite-level searches for organizations where leaders are transforming and/or building organizations that are taking advantage of digital technologies. His clients have included Aurora Healthcare, Axalta, Catholic Health Initiatives, Blue Shield of California, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Delta Dental, Dignity Health, Esurance, Kaiser Permanente, Novant Health, PG&E, Polycom, Sutter Health, Symmetricom, TE Connectivity and Wellmark.
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media