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Former NYPD commissioner Ray Kelly joins Hain board

Ray Kelly on April 26, 2013, when he

Ray Kelly on April 26, 2013, when he was still NYPD commissioner. In August 2015, he was named to the Hain Celestial Group board of directors. Photo Credit: Craig Ruttle

Lake Success-based Hain Celestial Group Inc. Tuesday announced the election of former NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly to its board of directors.

The organic and natural products company, with brands including Celestial Seasonings, Earth's Best, Terra and Spectrum, appointed Kelly to the board effective last week.

Kelly, who served as the New York City police commissioner for 14 years, has been president of risk management services for Cushman and Wakefield Inc., a privately held commercial real estate services firm headquartered in Manhattan, since March 2014. In his role, he focuses on helping clients identify potential vulnerabilities and prepare for physical and cyber security, crisis management, and site selection, as well as emergency preparedness.

"We are honored to have Ray join our board of directors," Hain founder and CEO Irwin Simon said in a statement. "Ray's worldwide range of experience and insight into critical issues facing companies today will make Ray a valuable addition."

Kelly, 73, a lifelong New Yorker, was the longest serving NYPD commissioner. Kelly had spent 47 years in the NYPD. He held the commissioner position from 1992 to 1994 under Mayor David Dinkins and then from 2002 to 2013 under Mayor Michael Bloomberg. At the end of 2013, Kelly left the job he had defined with a massive counterterrorism strategy and historic crime declines in the post-9/11 era.

During President Bill Clinton's administration, Kelly served as commissioner of the U.S. Customs Service and as undersecretary for enforcement at the U.S. Treasury Department.

Kelly holds a bachelor of business administration from Manhattan College, a law degree from St. John's University School of Law, a master of laws degree from New York University Graduate School of Law, and a master of public administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

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