John Agwunobi President of Herbalife Nutrition - CEO of the Year 2018 Nutritional Supplement Industry
John Agwunobi, M.D., M.B.A., M.P.H., is dedicated to the Company’s purpose of helping make the world healthier and happier, and brings an accomplished background with a wealth of experience to Herbalife Nutrition as a physician, a public health official and a global executive.
In his dual role of co-president and chief health and nutrition officer, Dr. Agwunobi directs the Company’s nutrition philosophy and leads the Company's purpose-driven independent distributors and health conscious customers to live healthier and happier through personalized nutrition and a proven business opportunity. Since joining the Company as chief health and nutrition officer in 2016, Dr. Agwunobi has been leading the Herbalife Nutrition Institute; the Herbalife Nutrition Advisory Board and the Herbalife Dietetic Advisory Board, and works with the Company’s Ph.D.s and scientists to integrate nutrition science into products. Dr. Agwunobi also works intimately with Herbalife Nutrition independent distributors and customers, ensuring that the Company is continuously innovating in the areas of product development, technology, marketing and corporate sales.
Dr. Agwunobi brings a wealth of experience from both the public and private sectors to his role. Most notably, from 2005-2007, he served as the Assistant Secretary of Health for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. During his term, he was responsible for disease prevention and health promotion. He oversaw the Centers for Disease Control, National Institutes of Health, the Food and Drug Administration, the office of the U.S. Surgeon General, and numerous other public health offices and programs.
In the private sector, Dr. Agwunobi served as senior vice president and president of health and wellness for Walmart in the United States where he grew the business and provided insight and advice on health reform positions, public health advocacy, health nutrition, employee wellness and emergency response.
Dr. Agwunobi has a broad educational background that includes a master's in public health from Johns Hopkins University and a master's in business administration from Georgetown University. Dr. Agwunobi completed his pediatric residency at Howard University and is currently a licensed physician in Florida, Maryland and Washington D.C. He serves on numerous boards including the U.S. African Development Foundation, Shopko, Magellan Health Services, Smart Rx Systems Inc. and Oration Health.
Herbalife Nutrition is a global nutrition company whose purpose is to make the world healthier and happier. We have been on a mission for nutrition - changing people's lives with great nutrition products & programs - since 1980. Together with our Herbalife Nutrition independent distributors, we are committed to providing solutions to the worldwide problems of poor nutrition and obesity, an aging population, sky-rocketing public healthcare costs and a rise in entrepreneurs of all ages. We offer high-quality, science-backed products, most of which are produced in Company-operated facilities, one-on-one coaching with an Herbalife Nutrition independent distributor, and a supportive community approach that inspires customers to embrace a healthier, more active lifestyle.
Our targeted nutrition, weight management, energy and fitness and personal care products are available exclusively to and through dedicated Herbalife Nutrition distributors in more than 90 countries.
Through our corporate social responsibility efforts, Herbalife Nutrition supports the Herbalife Family Foundation (HFF) and our Casa Herbalife programs to help bring good nutrition to children in need. We are also proud to sponsor more than 190 world-class athletes, teams and events around the globe, including Cristiano Ronaldo, the LA Galaxy, and numerous Olympic teams.
Herbalife Nutrition has over 8,000 employees worldwide, and is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: HLF) with net sales of approximately $4.5 billion in 2016.