Paddy Spence is an operating executive with 18 years of general management experience in the natural/organic consumer packaged goods industry.
is a recognized authority on health and wellness marketing and merchandising trends, and has helped numerous emerging brands leverage their success in specialty channels to successfully cross over into mainstream markets.
Mr. Spence currently serves as a Chairman and CEO of Zevia, a line of zero-calorie sodas sweetened with stevia, and as Lead Independent Director of Physicians Formula (NASDAQ: FACE), a manufacturer and marketer of color cosmetics.
From 2005 to 2009, Mr. Spence was President of Levlad, a personal care manufacturer with revenues of $100 million.
There he managed Levlad's contract manufacturing business, its natural personal care brand Nature's Gate, and development and manufacturing efforts on behalf of its sister company Arbonne International, a network marketing company focused on anti-aging skin care.
He also served as a Director of Natural Products Group (NPG), the holding company comprising the Arbonne and Levlad businesses.
was part of a three-person management team that raised over $1 billion of capital and returned $600 million to shareholders on a $100 million equity investment within a two-year period.
Before joining Levlad, Mr. Spence served as Chairman of SPINS, a leading provider of syndicated market research that he sold to private investors in 2004.
In 1995, he founded SPINS to introduce sophisticated marketing information services to the rapidly growing health and wellness industry, and served as the company's Chief Executive Officer for eight years.
Prior to founding SPINS, Mr. Spence served from 1992 to 1995 as Vice President, Sales & Marketing for the Kashi Company, a manufacturer of natural cereals based in La Jolla, CA.
He has also held positions at Harvard Business School's Division of Research, the Center for Leadership and Career Studies at Emory University and United Parcel Service's International Marketing department.
Mr. Spence holds an A.B. magna cum laude from Harvard College and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
resides in Los Angeles, and is an avid athlete, having completed over 40 triathlons and trained and competed in martial arts such as Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
, Shotokan Karate