Hain Celestial Announces the Appointment of Stephen J. Smith as Executive Vice
President and Chief Financial Officer with the Planned Retirement of Ira J.
LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., Aug. 21, 2013
LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., Aug. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --The Hain Celestial Group,
Inc. (NASDAQ:HAIN), a leading organic and natural products company providing
consumers with A Healthier Way of Life™, today announced the appointment of
Stephen J. Smith as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer,
effective September 3, 2013. The planned retirement of Ira J. Lamel as Chief
Financial Officer, effective August 31, 2013, was previously announced on
September 5, 2012.
Stephen Smith brings more than 30 years of financial leadership to Hain
Celestial, having most recently been Executive Vice President and Chief
Financial Officer of Elizabeth Arden, Inc. (NASDAQ:RDEN) since 2001, where he
served as an accomplished executive with extensive global financial,
operational and business management experience. Prior to joining Elizabeth
Arden, he was a Partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and its predecessor,
Coopers & Lybrand LLP, where his clients included a number of consumer
"After an extensive global search, I am pleased to welcome Stephen Smith as
our new Chief Financial Officer and a key member of our leadership team," said
Irwin D. Simon, Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of Hain
Celestial. "Steve has an extensive background in working with consumer
products companies on a global basis and brings a demonstrated ability to
implement business analytics for high-performance strategic growth. Steve is
the right person to work with our management team in achieving our next level
"Lastly, all of us at Hain Celestial thank Ira Lamel for his contributions
over the past 12 years including his financial acumen, sound judgment and
broad understanding of our business," concluded Irwin Simon. The Company
expects to continue working with Ira Lamel as Special Advisor to the Chief
Executive Officer on various business development opportunities.
The Hain Celestial Group, Inc.
The Hain Celestial Group (NASDAQ: HAIN), headquartered in Lake Success, NY, is
a leading organic and natural products company in North America and Europe.
Hain Celestial participates in many natural categories with well-known brands
that include Celestial Seasonings®, Earth's Best®, Ella's Kitchen®, Terra®,
Garden of Eatin'®, Sensible Portions®, Health Valley®, Arrowhead Mills®,
MaraNatha®, SunSpire®, DeBoles®, Gluten Free Cafe™, Hain Pure Foods®,
Hollywood®, Spectrum Naturals®, Spectrum Essentials®, Walnut Acres Organic®,
Imagine®, Almond Dream®, Rice Dream®, Soy Dream®, WestSoy®, The Greek Gods®,
BluePrint™, Ethnic Gourmet®, Yves Veggie Cuisine®, Europe's Best®, Cully &
Sully®, New Covent Garden Soup Co.®, Johnson's Juice Co.®, Farmhouse Fare®,
Hartley's®, Sun-Pat®, Gale's®, Robertson's®, Frank Cooper's®, Linda
McCartney®, Lima®, Danival®, GG UniqueFiber®, Natumi®, JASON®, Zia® Natural
Skincare, Avalon Organics®, Alba Botanica®, Queen Helene® and Earth's Best
TenderCare®. Hain Celestial has been providing A Healthier Way of Life™ since
1993. For more information, visit www.hain.com.
SOURCE The Hain Celestial Group, Inc.
Contact: Mary Anthes, The Hain Celestial Group, Inc., 516.587.5000
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