Natural oil product manufacturer Saje Natural Wellness has announced Kathy Chi Thurber has been appointed President, effective immediately. Ms. Chi Thurber replaces Saje co-founders Kate Ross LeBlanc and Jean-Pierre LeBlanc, who are stepping back into roles as board members after nearly 30 years of running the business.
"Along with our partners at L Catterton, we are honored to welcome Kathy Chi Thurber as President of Saje Natural Wellness," said Ms. Ross LeBlanc. "I knew it would be a special person who could transition into the leadership of the business that my husband Jean-Pierre and I created nearly 30 years ago. From the moment I met Kathy, I could see she had a special synergy of authenticity, presence, and professionalism. I have every confidence that our people, product, and community are in the right hands, and that she will nurture our original vision for Global Wellness."
Ms. Chi Thurber has worked for a range of world-leading brands, including Starbucks and Macy’s. She has more than 17 years of management experience, and comes to Saje from L’Oreal, where she most recently served as President, General Manager.
"My passion for natural wellness and working for purpose-led companies was in many ways inspired by growing up as a competitive athlete and living in the Pacific Northwest for the past 20 years," said Kathy Chi Thurber. "When looking to enhance mental, physical, and environmental well-being, we are fortunate to have access to all-natural and safe products as well as abundant natural outdoor spaces. That isn't the case for everyone, but I believe we are at the tipping point in a significant shift in consumer demand towards products that are clean, sustainable, and focused on putting the health of our families and homes, first. Saje is a trailblazer in these areas and I couldn't be more grateful to be taking it on its next step to becoming a household name that prioritizes physical and emotional wellness for all."