Vitamin Shoppe names SVP of retail sales, ops

The Vitamin Shoppe Inc. has named a new senior vice president, retail sales and operations, it announced Monday.

Neal Panza has joined the Secaucus-based nutritional products retailer, effective immediately, the company said in a news release. He has more than two decades of experience in sales, and will report to CEO Sharon Leite.

“With Neal joining the Vitamin Shoppe, we now have a new senior leadership team in place across the organization that is responsible for implementing our plan to drive the company forward,” Leite said in a prepared statement. “Neal has worked for great brands and brings valuable experience to effectively lead store turnarounds and transform organizations to sales cultures.”

Panza was most recently at Williams-Sonoma, and worked for Brookstone and Gymboree Corp. before that. He also has worked for the Walt Disney Co. and specialty retailers in his career.

“I am thrilled to be joining such a passionate team that is committed to our customer,” he said in a statement. “It is clear that the Vitamin Shoppe is a company with a relentless focus on the customer and is committed to their health, wellness and fitness journey.”