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Daniel Chard

CHAIRMAN AND CEO, MEDIFAST

chard-dan-headshotv2Chard has served as the CEO of the Baltimore-based nutrition and weight loss company since October 2016 and was named chairman in December 2020, replacing Michael MacDonald, who stepped down from the role after more than two decades with the company.

After receiving an undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University and an MBA from the University of Minnesota, Chard embarked on a 25-year career of direct selling, marketing and consumer products experience.

It was cultivated through positions such as president and chief operating officer at PartyLite, a portfolio company of The Carlyle Group; president of global sales & operations at Nu Skin Enterprises Inc., then president of Nu Skin Europe and various other roles at The Pillsbury Company and Arthur Andersen LLP.

Since Chard’s appointment as CEO of Medifast, the company has been named to Fortune’s 100 Fastest-Growing Companies list and Forbes’ 100 Most Trustworthy Companies in America list. Additionally, he was honored to be named a Mid-Atlantic EY Entrepreneur of the Year finalist in 2020.

What still drives Medifast?

This company is driven by a compelling purpose to help the world realize lifelong transformation one healthy habit at a time, and we continue to expand the impact we are having through our holistic approach to health and wellness.

What plans do you have to grow the company?

We are also now in Hong Kong and Singapore, so our mission is extending beyond just the United States. We look at Hong Kong and Singapore as gateway markets to Asia.

This profile is part of The Daily Record's Power 100 list for 2021. Information used in this profile was sourced from the honoree. See the full list at thedailyrecord.com or in our digital edition.