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Chapman names Arbonne International CEO as Entrepreneur of the Year

Leatherby Center for Entrepreneurship will honor Kay Napier in February

by Samar KhouryPublished: November 12, 2012 09:45 AM

The Leatherby Center for Entrepreneurship at Chapman University will honor Katherine Napier, CEO of Arbonne International, a private skin care and cosmetics firm, with the Entrepreneur of the Year Award at its event on Feb. 27 next year.  

“We are delighted to honor Kay Napier as Chapman’s 2012 Entrepreneur of the Year,” said Richard Sudek, director of the Leatherby Center. “Napier's dedication to growing people and transforming the employees and consultants of Arbonne is a lesson in leadership.  Her ability to transform a company from bankruptcy to the success of Arbonne today is why we chose to recognize her as Chapman Entrepreneur of the Year."

Napier has served as CEO of Arbonne since 2009, and has previously held roles as the vice president and manager of Procter & Gamble, as well as senior vice president of marketing at McDonald’s.

“It is quite an honor to be recognized by Chapman University with such a tremendous award,” Napier said. “I am proud to say that I am inspired every day by the leadership, passion and talent of our Arbonne Independent Consultants and employees. This award is truly symbolic of what we can accomplish together, as a dedicated and united team.”

Chapman has previously bestowed its Entrepreneur of the Year award to Vizio’s founder and CEO William Wang and Volcom’s chairman and CEO Richard Woolcott.

The dinner event will occur at Chapman University’s Sandhu Conference Center. For more information about the Leatherby Center, visit chapman.edu/launch.

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