Hain Celestial Group has appointed James M. Langrock as the executive vide president and chief financial officer, effective June 23.

Hain Celestial is the parent company of poultry company Hain Pure Protein and a stakeholder in Empire Kosher Poultry.

Langrock succeeds Pasquale “Pat” Conte, who is leaving to pursue other opportunities.  Conte will work with Langrock to facilitate an orderly transition. Conte has been with Hain Celestial for eight years.

Langrock joined Hain Celestial in November 2015 as senior vice president, finance, and treasurer.  He has more than 25 years of experience in financial and executive leadership positions, most recently as executive vice president and chief financial officer of Monster Worldwide, a multi-national global online recruiting solutions company where he oversaw all financial operations of the company including budgeting, cost savings initiatives, mergers and acquisitions and divestitures from 2008 until joining Hain Celestial. 


"James has been an important part of our finance team since joining the Company, and more recently James has taken a leadership position as we completed our accounting review and finalized our audit.  We are pleased James will continue to provide his invaluable financial and operational expertise as we implement our strategic initiatives to better position Hain Celestial for our long-term success," said Irwin D. Simon, Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of Hain Celestial.

"I am pleased to have the opportunity to lead Hain Celestial's finance team," said Langrock. "We have a strong and focused team, dedicated to enhancing our financial reporting and partnering with our various business leaders to extend our market leading position as we continue to execute on our strategic objectives."

Previously, Langrock served in senior finance positions at Motorola, including chief financial officer of Motorola's Enterprise Mobility Division subsequent to Motorola's acquisition of Symbol Technologies, Symbol Technologies, where he served as head of internal audit and chief accounting officer, and Citibank, N.A. as well as a senior manager at Arthur Andersen LLP. 

He received a Master's degree in Business Administration from Hofstra University and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from James Madison University and is a Certified Public Accountant.