Global Leadership Team

Ben Riley

Ben Riley

Executive Vice President, Global Sales

As Vice President of North America, Ben Riley works to ensure the success of our field leaders in the U.S. and Canada. His role includes developing and integrating sales strategies, overseeing field leadership support, geographically expanding Young Living, and eliminating barriers as leaders build successful businesses. He has been with Young Living since June 2016, when he stepped in as Sr. Director of Global Sales and has been making a great impact ever since.

Ben comes to Young Living with over 15 years of experience in network marketing and fast-moving consumer goods. He earned an MBA from Duke University, and his previous positions include VP of Leadership at Cloudberry Nutritionals and VP of Sales at Avon in Australia and New Zealand. Ben spent over 10 years building businesses internationally. He speaks fluent Korean and intermediate Mandarin. Ben’s beginnings in the business world started in 1998, when he worked in a Young Living warehouse while attending college. For him, working as part of the Young Living family once again means that he has come full circle.

Ben has two children, a boy and a girl, and enjoys spending time with them—especially hiking and camping. His personal interests include golf, road and mountain cycling, reading, and traveling. Ben’s favorite Young Living products are Cedarwood, Tangerine, and Lavender essential oils, which he blends together to craft his signature beard oil.

Michael Green

Senior Vice President, Information Technology

Michael Green joins the Young Living team as our new Information Technology expert. As the Senior Vice President of Information Technology, Michael’s experience in building scalable systems that can handle our high volumes will help take Young Living’s IT department to the next level to support our expansive network.

Michael graduated from the University of Massachusetts Lowell with a Bachelor’s degree in information technology. Prior to joining Young Living in 2017, Michael worked as the Chief Information Officer for Plexus Worldwide, providing direction and leadership for various IT functions such as Software Development, IT Operations, Business Intelligence, and Business Operations. He also has over 16 years of successful IT experience with start-ups, direct sales, and global consumer products companies. Thanks to his experience with companies such as Melaleuca Inc., USANA, and Plexus Worldwide, Michael understands the global aspects of building and supporting billion-dollar companies. We are excited to welcome Michael to the Young Living team after an exhaustive search that yielded many qualified applicants.

Michael’s commitment to excellent performance aligns perfectly with our Seed to Seal® commitment, particularly his desire to provide the highest quality work from start to finish and inspiring those around him to do so as well. “I encourage employees to drive for more than the status quo and create a collaborative environment where ideas are explored,” he says. “As a versatile team player, I drive to the finish line.”

Alene Frandsen

Vice President, Publications and Document Review

As Vice President of the Publications and Document Review department, Alene oversees, revises, edits, and gives final approval of company publications and documents.

She has more than 20 years of experience working in business and has been with Young Living for more than a decade. She also has 25 years of business teaching experience at the college and university level, including 7 years of teaching management communications for the Marriott School of Management at Brigham Young University.

Alene has loved working closely with Mary and Gary Young on many projects, including their books D. Gary Young: The World Leader in Essential Oils, Ancient Einkorn: Today’s Staff of Life, and The One Gift.

Alene loves spending time with her eight young grandchildren and enjoys working in her vegetable garden, freezing and bottling the produce, reading, and teaching. Her favorite Young Living products include Boswellia Wrinkle Cream™, Genesis™ Hand & Body Lotion, Cool Azul Sports Gel, and all of the Thieves® products.

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Lyndi N Smith

Vice President, Global Marketing

Lyndi joined Young Living in 2001 as a customer service representative and quickly rose through the ranks to manage the call center. After nine years in the call center, she followed her passion and joined the marketing team. In 2015 she was named Vice President of Global Marketing. In this role, she oversees Young Living’s global brand efforts and provides direction and strategy to Product Marketing, Media Productions, Events, Content Marketing Communications, Creative Services, and Member Services.

Lyndi’s greatest passion is creating, and she feels most engaged when she is developing a strategy or on the set of a photo shoot. She has transitioned to a role where she delegates more projects, and her proudest accomplishment is seeing her team’s creations come to life.

Lyndi enjoys the outdoors, hiking, four-wheeling, traveling, photography, and spending time with her daughter. She loves the scent and taste of Peppermint, making Peppermint essential oil and Peppermint+ her favorite Young Living products.

Lee Bowen

Vice President of Finance

Lee Bowen came to Young Living with over 16 years of financial analysis and leadership experience, beginning in 2014 as Director of Finance and then Sr. Director of Finance. As Vice President of Finance, Lee oversees financial planning and analysis, fraud management, as well as the treasury, banking, and risk management. His analysis of financial trends and optimization of operational processes will help ensure that Young Living’s future is steady and bright.

Lee earned an MBA and MSIM from Arizona State University and a BS in accounting from Brigham Young University. His previous experience includes an expatriate assignment in Panama as Regional Director of Finance at HILTI and Director of Financial Planning and Analysis for Nature’s Sunshine, where he was the owner of the financial plan for an annual net revenue of approximately $390 million.

Lee has been married to his wife, Tricia, for 18 years, and they have four children—three boys and one girl. He enjoys watching his children’s sports competitions in baseball and tumbling, playing golf, and BYU athletic events.

Joe Walker

Vice President of Global IT Operations

In his 12 years with Young Living, Joe has helped with Young Living’s new corporate offices and farms, 24-hour support system, IT special projects, and global physical security. Joe’s knowledge of almost every farm and office worldwide gives him an advantage as he helps implement new IT operations.

Before joining the corporate world, Joe caught the entrepreneurial spirit and owned a successful printer business. After working for himself, he moved forward in the IT field and started growing in positions at WordPerfect, Novell, Nature’s Way, and for the last several years at Young Living. He now has more than 25 years of experience in the IT field, making him a great fit for his new role as Young Living’s VP of Global IT Operations.

Joe is a firm believer in Young Living’s mission, and his favorite oils are Thieves®, Lavender, and Australian Blue™. When Joe is not working, he enjoys being outdoors, riding motorcycles, snowmobiling, and supporting the Utah Jazz.

Todd Walker

Vice President of Global Sales and Business Innovation

Todd comes to Young Living equipped with experience in direct sales and health and wellness, thanks to his time at Amway where he focused on nutrition innovations and global brand management. His years of experience with other companies such as Procter & Gamble and Johnson & Johnson and his MBA from Duke University have given him strong leadership skills, especially in global marketing, brand management, new product launches, and supply chain and strategic planning.

In addition to leadership skills, Todd also has intimate marketing experience that includes launching global brands and wellness solutions, managing agencies, performing market research, and working with sales and brand teams to support development and deployment of global marketing and business initiatives.

In his personal time, Todd enjoys youth mentoring, skiing, and tennis.

Gabriel Sanchez

Regional President, Latin America

Gabriel Sanchez was born in southern Mexico, where he lived throughout college and law school. He came to the United States in 2001 to further his legal education and went on to practice international law for 12 years. Gabriel joined Young Living in 2015 and has been a great contributor to the company’s Latin America and new market expansion. He is passionate about the unique opportunity to support Young Living’s continuing growth abroad. Gabriel has worked with international markets for more than a decade and provides vast experience in the international field.

Young Living’s commitment to the world to provide a life full of abundance and wellness is Gabriel’s main objective as he participates directly in the strategic growth of the company. He finds great satisfaction in helping others grow and realize their goals in planning a global prominence for Young Living.

Gabriel enjoys good food, meeting new people, traveling, watching soccer, and spending time with his family. Thieves® is Gabriel’s favorite oil, and he loves NingXia Red® and Wolfberry Crisp™ bars.

Tai Tolman

Regional President, Asia-Pacific

With a 16-year background in direct sales and global market management, Tai has made his career and his mark in successfully opening and developing more than 32 international markets across Asia and Europe. Since 2005, Tai has lived and worked professionally in five different countries, and for the last 10 years, he has served in Asia as a Vice President with Melaleuca.

With a thirst for continual education, Tai graduated with a degree in global economics at BYU and has earned MBA degrees from both UCLA and the National University of Singapore. Tai, his wife, Tanya, and their four children currently reside in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where they are devoted members of the community, proud fitness enthusiasts and gym owners, and enjoy chasing and coaching their children’s rugby teams on weekends.

What drew Tai to Young Living is the opportunity to be part of a selfless endeavor that links world-class products with the opportunity to change lives and communities.

Peter Foss

Regional President of EMEA (Europe, Middle East, and Africa)

European by birth and in heart, Peter is a great asset to Young Living’s work in Europe. Peter grew up in Denmark and studied at the University of Odense, Denmark, where he received an MBA with an emphasis in sales and marketing. Peter also has global experience, thanks to his positions as GM of USANA Korea and USANA Japan, as well as GM of Melaleuca Australia/New Zealand.

In addition to his time with direct sales companies, Peter has worked with many Fortune 500 companies—including General Motors, 3M, Honda, and Ford—and has taught business as an adjunct professor at Odense University, Westminster College, and Utah State University.

Peter has a passion for developing and executing growth strategies using his strategic and tactical expertise, and he loves working to get the right people engaged in the exact right things.

Kristen Tod

General Manager, Australia

Kristen has more than 18 years of experience in the direct sales industry, both as a distributor and a successful corporate business development and sales leader. She has been with Young Living since 2014 and has directed the company’s growth and transition to a new headquarters in Sydney. She leads with her passion to help others build their own businesses and achieve their goals.

People are drawn to Kristen’s charismatic approach and are empowered by her hands-on mentoring and management. Under her leadership, Young Living has risen to become the largest network marketing company in Australia.

Kristen enjoys spending time with her husband and her son. She is also a passionate jewellery designer in her spare time, purchasing many pieces at auctions and redesigning them. For years, even before she joined the Young Living team, Kristen has been using Young Living’s Lavender essential oil to unwind before bed.

Tyler Williams

Country Manager, Greater China

Tyler has been with Young Living since 2009, and he currently manages operations for the Greater China regions, including customer service, logistics and supply chain, and sales and marketing. With more than 13 years of experience in the network marketing industry and a strong background in international development, Tyler was instrumental in opening and growing new markets in the region. He has expanded sales in the region, rapidly making it one of the top three markets for Young Living.

In addition to his industry experience, he has an extensive background in international business, particularly Asian operations management, product development and marketing, sales, strategic planning, and implementation.

Tyler and his wife have two daughters, and he loves to spend time with them. He also enjoys basketball, wakeboarding, hiking, and rock climbing. He supplements his healthy lifestyle with Thieves® Vitality™.

Yu Ohki

Country Manager, Japan

As a native of Japan, Yu brings a global perspective to any role, which has made him a valuable asset to many companies with an international focus. Yu joined the Young Living team in 2014, and prior to his role as Country Manager of Japan, he held the titles of Director of Online Marketing and Director of Global Sales and Business Innovation. In these roles, Yu’s work focused on enabling and incentivising members to help them build their best businesses.

Yu’s previous work within the direct sales world has included not only responsibilities as a manager but as a distributor as well. With this real-world experience, Yu retains a hands-on approach and down-to-earth attitude to offer empowering solutions to members and executives.

Some of Yu’s favourite Young Living products include Peppermint essential oil and any citrus oil—especially Citrus Fresh™ and Lemon. He also likes to use Deep Relief™ and Frankincense for their grounding aromas, which allow him to reset and recharge.

Lori Burgher

General Manager, Canada

Lori is a marketing professional who brings more than 23 years of sales and marketing expertise to Young Living. Before taking the helm as General Manager of Canada, she worked as Director of Marketing and Communications, where she fostered substantial increases in sales, social engagement, and brand recognition across the Canadian marketplace.

With an education and background in art direction, Lori approaches marketing and problem solving with creative gusto. In previous professional roles with Travel Alberta and creative agencies that supported SunRype and Honda Motor Company, she received multiple accolades for her work. She is eager to inspire more meaningful interactions between brand and customer—interactions that build trust and loyalty—and her creative talent, marketing know-how, and love of life make her uniquely capable of doing so.

When Lori isn’t leading teams to new heights, she can be found with her husband and two daughters skiing, doing yoga, hiking, or playing music. Lori also loves riding her motorcycle in the mountains. Her favorite Young Living essential oil is PanAway, a fitting choice for her family’s adventurous and active lifestyle.

Karen Cornejo

Country Manager, Singapore

As Singapore’s country manager, Karen leads initiatives to encourage growth, increase revenue, and expand the member base in the area. She also oversees recruiting, overall performance, and talent development for the region. She plays a critical role in Young Living’s growth in South East Asia.

Karen first became involved with Young Living in 2011, when she started as the sales and marketing director of South East Asia. Since taking on this role, she has been a source of innovation and creativity that fosters success in the region.

Karen loves yoga and feels she can’t go a day without it. She’s taken her passion even further by becoming a certified yoga teacher, and she loves teaching Young Living-infused yoga whenever she has the opportunity. Her favourite oil is Young Living’s Idaho Blue Spruce, which she uses to meditate, focus inward, and create a calming environment.

Nancy Yoshiwara

Acting Country Manager, Ecuador

Prior to working for Young Living, Nancy gained professional experience in marketing, portfolio management, and quality assurance. She brought her knowledge and skills from these positions to Young Living when she started as the Marketing and Sales Manager of Peru in 2012. As she excelled in this role, Nancy gained experience developing business strategies, planning promotions, and creating marketing initiatives in the area.

In her current role as Ecuador’s acting Country Manager, Nancy focuses on increasing sales in the area and improving supply chain and customer service processes while she sets market goals, oversees product imports, and prepares annual budgets. With her previous experience in marketing, Nancy also helps guide the Marketing and Sales department as they set incentives and goals.

Nancy can’t imagine starting her day without a shot of NingXia Red® to kick-start her morning. She also loves the versatility of Peppermint oil and always carries a bottle in her bag.

Dyah Ayu Mantili

Country Manager, Indonesia

Dyah Mantili, or “Tili”, joins us from Indonesia, where she developed her diverse global management background. She is a seasoned direct selling professional whose experience extends to Thailand, the Philippines, Malaysia, and Pakistan as well. Before joining Young Living, Tili was Vice President of Sales for one of the largest direct selling companies in Indonesia.

Tili’s unique strengths and insights include expertise in field engagement. Helping others advance and grow their businesses is one of her passions. Young Living’s exceptional products and family-like culture drew her to the team at the end of 2017.

When Tili isn’t busy supporting the passions and pursuits of Young Living members, she enjoys cozying up with a good book and diffusing her favorite Young Living product: Stress Away™.

Vance Yuan

Country Manager, Taiwan

Vance has extensive experience in the pharmaceutical, FMCG, and direct sales industries. He graduated from Taipei Medical University with a Bachelor of Science in June of 2000 before attending the Graduate Institute of Taipei Medical University to earn a Master of Science in pharmaceutics.

In 2003, Vance joined MSD Taiwan, a subsidiary of Merck, as a sales representative. In 2006, he stepped up to product manager. Then in 2009, he signed on with health and life sciences organization Sanofi as senior product manager. In May of 2014, he began working as Nu Skin’s education director for Greater China. Within a year, he was overseeing the marketing departments for both Taiwan and Hong Kong.

Vance joined Young Living in July of 2016, bringing with him a deep understanding of health products and global markets. He is devoted to leading Young Living Taiwan to greater success.

Vance is married, has a two-year-old son, and loves reading and traveling with his family and friends. His favorite Young Living product is Jade Lemon Vitality™ because of its unique flavor and because it originates from his home country of Taiwan.