Guthy-Renker President Undergoes Heart Bypass Surgery

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Greg Renker, president of DRTV marketing giant Guthy-Renker Corp., Palm Desert, CA, underwent heart surgery earlier this month.

Renker, 41, was admitted on Dec. 4 to Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, CA, where we underwent single bypass surgery and angioplasty to clear clogged arteries. He returned home four days later to recuperate before returning to work.

DRTV executives and Guthy-Renker employees were surprised that heart surgery was necessary, saying that Renker leads an active lifestyle and follows a daily exercise regimen.

"Greg has always been pretty fit," said Eytan Urbas, a Guthy-Renker spokesperson. "The guy exercises like a fiend."

He said Renker regularly sees his doctor, who warned him that several of his arteries had become clogged.

Urbas also said it was too early to tell when Renker would return to work, but did not expect any major impact on the company's operations.

"This shouldn't have any material effect on our business," Urbas said. "In the short term, he's going to need a break from work. In the long term, it would no different than if he were to take a vacation, which he hasn't done in years. Knowing Greg, it won't be very long before he's back to work."

Guthy-Renker is known for marketing Tony Robbins' "Personal Power" series, Victoria Principal's Principal Secret skin care products and ProActiv Solution acne treatment. The company's fitness division markets such products as the Power Train and Fitness Flyer.

Urbas asked that well-wishers send cards or flowers to the company's headquarters in Palm Desert.

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