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Hain Celestial Group changes leadership team

Staff Writer |
Lake Success, N.Y., USA - The Hain Celestial Group, a food company, announced executive team appointments for Hain Celestial United States, Hain Pure Protein Corporation and Hain Celestial United Kingdom.

Hain Celestial United States

Gary W. Tickle joins Hain Celestial as Chief Operating Officer.

Mr. Tickle most recently served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Nestle Infant Nutrition North America with responsibility for the Gerber and Nestle brands.

Prior to this role, Mr. Tickle served as the Global Head, Maternal and Infant Nutrition Strategic Business Unit in Vevey, Switzerland, as the Regional Business Head, South Asia based in New Delhi, India in Infant Nutrition and Chief Executive Officer, Auckland, New Zealand with responsibility for Baking, Beverages, Cereals, Confections, Frozen Food.

Jerome W. Erskin joins Hain Celestial as Chief Supply Chain Officer.

Mr. Erskin started his business career at Kraft Foods Inc. as a Manufacturing and Procurement Manager.

He also served in various capacities as Plant Director and Procurement Director at The Dannon Company Manufacturing Director at MARS Petcare; Vice President, Operations at Chobani, and more recently, Chief Operating Officer at SK Food Group.

James F. G. Fay joins Hain Celestial as Chief Customer Officer with a substantial background as a senior sales and marketing executive in the natural, conventional and mass channels.

Most recently Mr. Fay served as Senior Vice President, Global Sales for Nature's Path Foods. He worked in positions of increasing responsibility at Mars, Inc. ascending to a Senior Vice President, Sales role on the North America Chocolate business.

Mr. Fay also worked in various sales and marketing positions for Group Danone in the United States and Canada.

Additionally, Hain Celestial appointed Leah Dunmore as Vice President, Marketing, Better-for-You Pantry for Hain Celestial United States, having previously held positions at Campbell Soup Company as Vice President, U.S. Soup; and Mars Chocolate, North America as Marketing Director, M&M's Business.

Earlier in her career, Ms. Dunmore spent over a decade with SC John in various marketing leadership roles across a wide range of brands.

At Celestial Seasonings, Tim Collins joined the Company as Vice President, Marketing, with responsibility for the Celestial Seasonings tea and Dream plant-based beverage brands.

Mr. Collins previously held positions with Kraft Heinz Company as Marketing Director, Kraft Enhancers and Associate Marketing Director, Frozen Snacks; Senior Brand Manager, Teavana at Starbucks as well as various marketing positions at Procter and Gamble.

Hain Pure Protein Corporation

James R. Meiers has been appointed Chief Executive Officer, Hain Pure Protein Corporation overseeing the Empire Kosher, Plainville Farms and FreeBird poultry brands and the protein business of Hain Celestial.

This will be in addition to Mr. Meiers' responsibilities as Chief Operations Officer at Hain Celestial, including the Company's recently announced Project Terra worldwide cost savings initiative.

Hain Celestial United Kingdom

James Skidmore has been appointed Chief Executive Officer Hain Daniels, having joined the Company with the Orchard House Foods Limited acquisition in December 2015.