Drip Drop Inc. taps Anne Kallin Zehren as CEO

Apr 30, 2013, 10:15 ET from Drip Drop Inc.

SAN FRANCISCO, April 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Anne Kallin Zehren has been named the new CEO of Drip Drop Inc., a medical and consumer start-up dedicated to the advancement of oral rehydration solutions (ORS). Zehren brings decades of executive leadership as an entrepreneur in start-up and turnaround scenarios. Zehren's specialty is in spurring rapid growth.

"With Anne, Drip Drop has a CEO with a proven track record of success leading early-stage companies to great financial success," said Drip Drop Founder Eduardo Dolhun MD. "Annie's leadership and entrepreneurial background are perfectly suited to a disruptive brand with our ambitions. If anyone can make Drip Drop a household name, it's her."

Prior to Drip Drop, Zehren was CEO of the ecommerce site Kaboodle, which merged with stylespot.com.

Before that, Zehren was President and COO of Common Sense Media, a non-profit dedicated to helping parents, teachers, and kids find the best age-appropriate media. At Common Sense Media, Zehren presided over a 100% increase in revenues during the recession.  

From 2004-2006, Zehren served as launch President for Current TV, guiding the company through record growth. Current TV was sold to Qatar-based Al-Jazeera for over $500 million in 2013. 

In 1998-2003, Zehren was launch publisher for Teen People, where she grew revenues from $0 to $60 million in just three years. Teen People became the fastest growing magazine of its time, reaching profitability in just 16 issues.

"Drip Drop is a game-changer," she said. "It gives consumers access to a hydration solution that's truly medical grade. There's nothing like it on the market." For athletes and individuals, Drip Drop is a powerful replacement for sports drinks, pediatric formulas, and other 'enhanced' beverages. For the ill, Drip Drop can prevent trips the emergency room for painful and expensive IV therapy, along with treating dehydration caused by a host of other diseases and conditions.

"I fell in love with Drip Drop when I saw it save lives on the frontlines of humanitarian relief work," said Zehren. "The timing is right for it to come to the US. With healthcare costs on the rise, we have a product that can improve care, reduce healthcare costs, and solve the everyday problem of dehydration. We are out to change medicine for the better."

Drip Drop Inc.

Drip Drop Inc. was founded in 2008 by Eduardo Dolhun MD, a Mayo Clinic-trained physician and Adjunct Assistant Professor at Stanford University Medical School. After years in the field, Dr. Dolhun identified taste as the most significant barrier to the adoption of Oral Rehydration Therapy in the United States. "What Drip Drop does is take a well-established medical intervention out of the hospitals and into the consumer market," said Dr. Dolhun. "By creating a dehydration cure that actually tastes good, we can now reach a much more significant part of the population.  

"From my experience as a physician," says Dr. Dolhun of Drip Drop, "I can tell you it is rare to find a medical intervention that works this effectively and this predictably."

So far, Drip Drop's humanitarian efforts have reached over 15,000 patients in natural disasters from Haiti to Pakistan and the United States.

Drip Drop ORS

Drip Drop is an advanced oral rehydration solution (ORS) that has 2-4 times the electrolytes and 1/2 the calories of sports drinks. Drip Drop ORS is a fast, safe way to maintain or restore proper electrolyte and fluid balance. For healthy individuals, Drip Drop prevents dehydration caused by sweating from heat, exercise or other causes—a leading cause of fatigue in everyday life.  For illnesses that engender dehydration through symptoms like vomiting or diarrhea, Drip Drop can prevent trips to the emergency room.

Tested worldwide in the most challenging circumstances, Drip Drop has been praised for its taste and effectiveness by a wide range of users that include the Stanford University Medical Center, UCSF Medical Center, humanitarian workers in Haiti, professional athletes, U.S. Special Forces as well as patients with chronic gastrointestinal issues. Growing numbers of doctors and pharmacists recommend Drip Drop as a safe, effective alternative to sports drinks and poor-tasting pediatric formulas. 

How it Works

First adopted by the World Health Organization more than 30 years ago, oral rehydration therapy (ORT) constitutes one of the most important medical advances of the last century. It relies on a simple but precise mixture of salt, sugar and water taken orally. In clinical settings, oral rehydration therapy outperforms intravenous therapy in all measured outcomes because it is far less expensive and spares patients the pain and discomfort of needles.  

To find out more, visit:  www.dripdropORS.com

SOURCE Drip Drop Inc.