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Johnson Health Tech N.A. Names Nathan Pyles President

Johnson Health Tech North America today named Nathan Pyles President. In addition, Bob Zande has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer/Chief Financial Officer.
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COTTAGE GROVE, Wis. (August 3, 2010) — Johnson Health Tech North America (JHTNA) today named Nathan Pyles President. Pyles, who has been with the company for 17 years, takes over for the departing Chris Clawson. In addition, Bob Zande, who has served as JHTNA's CFO since January 2009, has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer/Chief Financial Officer.

Pyles has a long and successful history with JHTNA. He was the co-founder and president of Vision Fitness, one of JHTNA's home and commercial fitness brands. He also preceded Chris Clawson as president of Matrix Fitness where he helped increase commercial sales in North America four-fold in just three years. Pyles led JHTNA's research and development division for eight years, and prior to accepting his new position, he served on its Board of Directors.

“Nathan was the natural choice for the job,” said Jason Lo, CEO of Johnson Health Tech. Co., Ltd. “He understands all aspects of our business, including our culture, operations and vision for the future. He has served at various levels within the organization, which gives him a keen understanding of our day-to-day operations, as well as our long-term initiatives. He has played a key role in creating our vision for the future, and that's to be the leading global provider of products that contribute to the health and well-being of our customers.”

In his new position, Pyles will oversee an experienced leadership team, which includes: Bob Zande, COO/CFO; Kent Stevens, Executive Vice President of Sales, Commercial; Gary Peak, Vice President of Sales, Specialty; and Mike Olson, Vice President of Sales, Sporting Goods and Mass Merchandising. Mark Zabel will continue in his role of Vice President of Global Marketing and Product Development, reporting directly to Jason Lo.

Bob Zande, who has served as JHTNA's CFO since January 2009, has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer/Chief Financial Officer. Zande has 20 years experience in driving operational and performance improvement, and has held President, Chief Financial Officer and General Manager titles in a variety of industries throughout his career. Prior to joining JHTNA, he was the General Manager of the North American Exhaust Division for Cummins, Inc.

“We have a strong leadership team in place that's focused on executing our long-term strategic plan,” Pyles stated. “We remain committed to our core goals and strategies, including: quality; customer service; creating a best-in-class workplace; market leadership; and operational excellence. Our dedication to these principles has served us well and has helped us become one of the leading global providers in the fitness industry.”

For more information about Johnson Health Tech, visit www.johnsonfit.com.

About Johnson Health Tech North America
Johnson Health Tech, one of the largest fitness equipment manufacturers in the world, is home to some of the most respected brands in the fitness industry, including: Matrix, Vision, AFG, Horizon and LIVESTRONG® Fitness. The company manufactures a wide assortment of fitness equipment for both commercial and residential use, including treadmills, elliptical trainers, exercise bikes and strength training equipment.

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