Hain Celestial has promoted senior vice president for finance Pasquale Conte to the position of CFO.

Conte assumed the position at the Ella's Kitchen and Tilda owner yesterday (8 September). He replaces Stephen Smith who the company said was leaving to pursue "other opportunities".

Smith, who joined Hain Celestial in 2013, will remain with the company until the end of the month "to ensure an orderly transition".

Conte joined Hain Celestial in 2009 after acting as financial consultant to the company. In 2014 he was appointed SVP, finance and treasurer at Hain Celestial.

He has held roles at Colgate-Palmolive Company, NYNEX Corporation, Arthur Anderson, LLP and Motorola Inc.

"I am honoured to have this opportunity to lead our finance team as we grow across geographies and sales channels with existing and new customers," Conte said. "Our organisation has a strong foundation for growth beginning with Irwin, the leadership team and all Hain Celestial's employees and partners, who are committed to work with us to achieve our business goals to 2020 and beyond."

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