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Nelsons appoint ex-Johnson & Johnson director as new CEO

By Neil Trainis

PUBLISHED: March 20, 2017 | UPDATED: March 20, 2017

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Nelsons has appointed former Johnson & Johnson stalwart Claire Ferguson as its new chief executive officer.

Ferguson (pictured) arrives at natural healthcare company Nelsons having held a variety of leadership roles, notably across the consumer, diabetes and vision care business at Johnson & Johnson.

“Nelsons has fantastic brands, a very talented team and significant opportunity for growth due to the strength of the business and the strong growth natural health and wellness is providing for the consumer healthcare markets,” she said.

“I’m looking forward to working closely with the owners Robert and Patrick Wilson, the executive leadership team and Nelsons employees around the world in our ambition to touch more people and support their health and wellness needs.”

Nelsons chairman Robert Wilson said: “Throughout the search process, Claire absolutely shone as the front runner to drive our business forwards. Her ideas and attitude resonated with both me and my brother Patrick as the right direction for Nelsons and we know she will be a real inspiration for our staff.”

Ferguson has wasted little time as Nelsons’ new CEO by recruiting Aftab Aslam as the company’s first strategic insights director. Nelsons said Aslam will “help Nelsons develop a deeper understanding of their customers and industry through research and analytics.”