Lori Bestervelt is an Entrepreneurial Executive who brings the strong combination of technical and scientific expertise and business acumen, as well as deep P&L experience in product line expansion. Throughout her career, she has been a trusted partner of and advisor to the senior leadership team, valued for her sound judgment and ability to work cross-functionally with all key executives. She is proud of her high level of name recognition within the dietary supplements, U.S. professional sports nutrition and anti-doping industries.
At NSF International, an independent, global, accredited inspection organization, Lori was continuously promoted through a steady progression of roles of increasing responsibility, culminating in Executive Vice President & Chief Science Officer. She developed and implemented short- and long-term growth strategies with key performance indicators for multiple business units and served as Board Member of two China joint ventures.
She served as the company’s “chief scientist,” evaluating and approving new technologies, and operated as the “final arbiter” for all scientific decisions. She created an advisory board of eminent scientists from universities, regulatory agencies and private industry to contribute their thoughts and peer review scientific papers, and led research & development activities that resulted in publications, presentations to trade associations and regulatory bodies, and training for clients.
Lori also managed more than 800 employees running three global business units operating in 13 countries, including scientists, consultants, standards developers and customer relationship & project managers. She increased laboratory efficiency by 30%, completed 10 acquisitions in six countries (the U.S., the UK, Germany, Brazil, Peru, China), established and grew the health sciences business and launched the Certified for Sport program, which is used by U.S. professional sports leagues and worldwide anti-doping organizations.
Earlier in her career, Lori was a Postdoctoral Fellow in Pathology & Experimental Toxicology for Parke-Davis Pharmaceutical and a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Michigan Medical School.
An experienced Board Member, Lori is a Member of the Board of Advisors for the American Botanical Council and also has served as a Member of the Board of Directors for the Women’s Center of Southeastern Michigan.
Lori completed Competition & Strategy through the Harvard Business School Executive Education and Corporate Innovation through MIT’s Sloan Executive Education. She earned a Doctorate of Toxicology, a Master of Science in Nutritional Biochemistry and a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology & Immunology, all at the University of Michigan. She has been a Member of the Council For Responsible Nutrition and the American Herbal Products Association.