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Kristy Appelhans

Kristy Appelhans

MSRA, NMD – Vice President, Global Consumer Safety

Dr. Kristy Appelhans is the Vice President of Global Consumer Safety at Herbalife Nutrition. To date, she brings nearly 20 years of experience working in a diverse capacity within the health and fitness industry.

Dr. Appelhans completed her undergraduate education in Clinical Nutrition in 2003 and subsequently completed her Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine in 2007. She has been in private practice since 2009. In 2016, Dr. Appelhans also completed a Masters in Science in Regulatory Affairs, with a primary emphasis in food and drug development and pre- and post-market regulatory compliance.

As the head of Safety at Herbalife Nutrition, Dr. Appelhans oversees a comprehensive global post-market safety vigilance program and nutrition safety education.

She is also frequently involved in various industry-related harmonization and regulatory projects, including her advisory contributions in 2012 in collaboration with other organizations in the completion of the International Alliance of Dietary Supplement Association's Global Guide to the Handling of Adverse Event Complaints. Dr. Appelhans is also currently a member of the Botanical Safety Consortium (BSC), which is a National botanical safety initiative led by the Health and Environmental Sciences Institute (HESI) in partnership with the US Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) and National Institute of Health (NIH). The key objective of the BSC is to develop tools and approaches that can be used in a framework that can further enhance methodologies for the evaluation of botanical substances and their impact on consumer health.

Amongst her numerous publications related to global food and dietary supplement safety and surveillance, Dr. Appelhans most recently co-authored a chapter on post-market safety surveillance in the book titled New Product Development in Nutraceutical and Functional Foods: from concept to market.

With Dr. Appelhans' leadership, a dynamic team of health, science, and consumer relations professionals are able to support Herbalife's markets globally in properly managing, assessing, and addressing all health-related inquiries, including adverse events.

Additionally, Dr. Appelhans is the key point person for implementing appropriate operating procedures, technologies, and standardized nomenclature necessary for the Company to conduct meaningful post-market data trending and signal detection in the interest of consumer safety.