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.
As the head of Safety at Herbalife Nutrition, Dr. Appelhans oversees a comprehensive global post-market safety vigilance and compliance program as well as global nutrition safety education for employees and consumers. 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 IADSA’s (International Alliance of Dietary Supplement Associations) Global Guide to the Handling of Adverse Event Complaints. 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 support Herbalife’s markets globally in properly managing, assessing, and addressing all health- or product-related inquiries, including adverse events and product quality complaints. Additionally, Dr. Appelhans is the key point of contact for external engagement with regulatory authorities and other global industry health/science professionals who may inquire about Herbalife Nutrition’s global consumer safety and advocacy program. She is also responsible for the implementation of appropriate operating procedures, technologies, and standardized nomenclature, which are necessary for the Company to conduct meaningful post-market data trending and signal detection in the interest of consumer safety.