Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer The Hain Celestial Group, Inc.
Irwin D. Simon is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of The Hain Celestial Group, Inc., a leading organic and natural products company based in New York with nearly 8,000 employees and 36 manufacturing facilities in North America, Europe and India whose mission is to be the leading marketer, manufacturer and seller of organic and natural better-for-you products. Hain Celestial is committed to growing sustainably while continuing to implement environmentally sound business practices and manufacturing processes.
Irwin Simon went to his first Natural Products Expo in the early 1990s and realized the future was food that was “better-for-you” with organic and natural products. His entrepreneurial instincts identified organic and natural products as a major upcoming trend in the consumer goods industry, and he embarked on a plan to build a dynamic company capable of seizing the market opportunity. He went on a journey with a lot of ambition to ultimately make one of the largest organic and natural, better-for-you food and personal care products companies in the world. With determination Hain Celestial was born and began acquiring brands that fit the vision of “better-for-you” products while leveraging the company’s infrastructure and position in the competitive retail marketplace.
Irwin Simon initially honed his management skills at prominent food companies including The Häagen-Dazs Company, a division of Grand Metropolitan, plc and Slim-Fast Foods Company. A native of Nova Scotia, Canada, who has lived in the United States for over 25 years, Irwin Simon is a graduate of St. Mary’s University. A former Chairman of the New York City Gotham Chapter of the Young President’s Organization, Mr. Simon serves as a director of MDC Partners Inc., as well as Tulane University, in addition to his participation in many industry and charitable organizations. Mr. Simon lives in New York City with his wife, Daryl, and their four children.