Immunotec Announces New CEO
News May 20, 2013
Mr. Orr has served since March 2009 as Executive Director of the Direct Selling Education Foundation, where he held ultimate responsibility for the Foundation's programs and activities. Since 2001, he has provided his proven and successful expertise by active participation as a board member and advisor in a variety of publicly traded and privately held organizations ranging from over a billion dollars in revenue to start-ups. Mr. Orr served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Shaklee Corporation (1993-2000), where he was responsible for the performance of the company's diverse business units. Shaklee, then a $700m revenue company, included the brand names of Harry and David, Jackson and Perkins, and Shaklee. Mr. Orr has been a director of Immunotec since 2006.
Mr. Orr is a seasoned professional with 23 years of experience in the direct selling field. Additionally, his work history includes extensive leadership responsibility in the financial services and computer industries. Mr. Orr was selected as Chief Executive Officer based on a track record leading complex organizations, as well as strong executive and personal qualities. Mr. Orr earned a BA in Psychology from Wesleyan University and an MBA from the University of Connecticut.
In 2005, Mr. Orr received the distinctive Circle of Honor Award from the Direct Selling Education Foundation. In 2007, he was honored by the Direct Selling Association with its prestigious Hall of Fame Award.
Mr. Orr will work out of the Corporation's offices in Vaudreuil, Quebec once all immigration approvals have been obtained.
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