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Hain Celestial CFO to retire

Hain Celestial, a maker of organic food and other products based in Melville, announced Wednesday that its chief financial officer will be retiring.

Ira Lamel has served as Hain Celestial's chief financial officer for more than 11 years. Before joining Hain Celestial, Lamel was an audit partner for Ernst & Young, where he worked for 28 years. He is 65 years old.

Lamel is expected to stay on in his post until a successor is found.

Last month, Hain Celestial reported a 82 percent increase in profits for the quarter ending June 30. The company owns well-known natural food brands such as Soy Dream, Terra Chips and Earth's Best.

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