NZ Extracts hires Gibbs

EYES ON THE PRIZE: Trilogy founder Sarah Gibbs.
EYES ON THE PRIZE: Trilogy founder Sarah Gibbs.

Co-founder of New Zealand cosmetic brand Trilogy, Sarah Gibbs, yesterday joined the board of a Marlborough-based bio-tech company poised to take on the world.

Ms Gibbs, who is the former chief executive of Trilogy, accepted an invitation to join New Zealand Extracts' board, as it ramps up sales to its global markets.

Ms Gibbs was instrumental in building Trilogy from a boutique operation into an international brand. She is recognised as one of the pioneers in the natural and organic skincare business category.

She said she had been looking for the right opportunity to use her experience to help build another natural New Zealand product company since Trilogy was purchased by Ecoya in 2010.

"[I'm delighted] to help build another company exploiting New Zealand's wonderful natural products. What I was looking for was a young company I like, with people I like."

The Wellington-based entrepreneur remains on Ecoya's board. She picked up the Emerging International Business of the Year Award at the New Zealand Trade and Enterprise's International Business Awards in March.

New Zealand Extracts, based at Riverlands Industrial Estate south of Blenheim, specialises in the manufacture of natural extracts and exporting proven health products in the cosmetic, supplement and functional food market categories.

The company was founded by Dr Glenn Vile and the Mud House Wine Group in 2006, and after six years of product development and marketing they are ready for the next step.

Board member and Mud House Wine group director Neil Charles-Jones said Mrs Gibbs' business acumen would be a huge asset to the company.

"The company is experiencing rapid growth with particularly strong interest in our natural ingredients from global personal care companies," he said.

"Sarah's experience in the sector will be particularly useful."

The other board members are Mud House Wine Group chief executive M J Loza and Dr Claire McGowan.

The Marlborough Express