GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Oct. 31, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Ranir, a global leader in private label consumer oral and personal health care products, announced today that Dr. Stephen Thong has joined its leadership team as vice president of global technology and development.
Dr. Thong, who holds a Ph.D. in chemistry from Northwestern University, has 20 years of international product development experience. He comes to Ranir after long-term leadership roles at Church & Dwight Company and Gillette. His key focus at Ranir will be on building the company's global technology and development team and growing Ranir's technological capabilities.
"Hiring Dr. Thong is an integral part of our strategic plan to continue to lead as a major international player in oral and personal care products," said Ranir CEO Christine Henisee. "His strategic vision, depth of experience and outstanding reputation within the industry will help us further our commitment to global innovation and growth, new technology platforms and serving our customers."
Dr. Thong has been at the forefront of hundreds of new product launches, including toothpastes, toothbrushes, OTC drugs, shaving preparations and skin care products for major brands such as Gillette, Arm & Hammer and Orajel. He has secured multiple patents in the OTC drug and personal care categories.
"I'm honored to join the Ranir team," said Dr. Thong. "This is a dynamic time of tremendous growth and innovation for Ranir, and I look forward to being part of it."
For more information on Dr. Thong and Ranir, visit www.ranir.com.
Ranir is a leading global manufacturer of private label consumer oral and personal care products, including power and manual toothbrushes, teeth whiteners, dental floss and flossers, interdental devices, travel accessories and more. Founded in 1979, Grand Rapids, Mich.-based Ranir serves retail customers globally. Its products, including some of the world's largest oral care brands, can be found at major retailers in more than 40 countries. The technology- and development-focused company also owns, manufactures and markets the Plackers® and Snore Guard® brands and proudly employs more than 750 associates worldwide. For more information, visit www.ranir.com.
Rebecca Wilkins or Kristen Kauffman