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Personnel Roundup



Published April 11, 2006
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Avon President & COO Susan J. Kropf to Retire




Kropf of Avon


Pyatt of MGP Ingredients


Mulgrew of American Crew


Premo of Murad


Baratta of Lambert Technologies


Morrone of Lambert Technologies


Georgevich of Lambert Technologies
Avon Products Inc.: Susan J. Kropf will retire after 35 years with the company at the end of this year, but step down from her roles as president and chief operating officer on July 1, the company said, adding that it will not name a successor.

All of the company’s units will report to Andrea Jung, chairman and chief executive, as part of the company’s new operating structure.

Charles M. Herington has been named senior vice president, Latin America. He succeeds Amilcar Melendez, who is retiring after 37 years with the company.

MGP Ingredients Inc.: Robert Pyatt has been appointed financial analyst, responsible for performing financial analysis, planning and reporting activities in MGP’s corporate finance and accounting department, assisting in the development of business policies, the facilitation of decision-making processes and conducting special financial and business-related studies.

American Crew: John Mulgrew, vice president of sales and education, has been appointed to the newly created position of president, North America. He will be responsible for the day-to-day operation of the company, as well as be in charge of North American sales.

Murad Inc.: Paul Scott Premo has joined the company as the new vice president of education. He will manage the development of all educational initiatives for Murad, including the creation of all technical programs, collateral and support materials, and will also be responsible for the Murad national education team.

Lambent Techonologies: Elizabeth Baratta has recently joined Lambent Technologies, a division of Petroferm, as senior technical sales representative.

Katie Morrone has been appointed technical sales representative.

Alex Georgevich has been promoted to director of finance and assistant treasurer of Petroferm. Additionally, he will assume responsibility for the company’s financial planning and analysis and tax planning and compliance functions.

Soliance: Celina Rocquet has been appointed marketing manager; Paolo Marchesi has come on board as export area manager; and François Montcriol has also been appointed export area manager.

Sexy Hair Concepts: Jim Morrison has been named chief executive officer. Michael O’Rourke will step down as the company’s CEO, but will remain active in Sexy Hair’s growth and future with the debut of The Institute of Courage, designed to give hairdressers the courage to grow.

Alicia Hobart was appointed as new district manager. Dev Rice has been promoted to communications manager.

Estée Lauder Co.: Andrea Robinson has been named president of Tom Ford Beauty and of Prescriptives Worldwide at Estée Lauder. She was previously president of Ralph Lauren Fragrances Worldwide for seven years.

Uniqema: Hugh Y. Luo was appointed sales director, China, located in Shanghai. He was most recently executive vice president at NCM Hersbit Chemical Co. Ltd.  l

Croda: Art Knox was promoted to vice president, personal care sales. He has worked for Croda in the sales division for more than 17 years, beginning as a sales representative in California in 1989.  

Joseph Pavlichko was promoted to vice president, marketing.  He served as president of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists (SCC) in 2000 and president of the International Federation of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists (IFSCC) in 2005.

David Shannon has been appointed sales director, health care. He worked for Croda Chemicals Europe for the past eight years.  

Charles Moses has been appointed research manager, ethnic products and hair color.  For the past eight years, Mr. Moses was director of hair color for L’Oréal where he oversaw global development of new product launches.

CTFA: Executive vice president-legal and general counsel Tom Donegan will be retiring from The Cosmetic, Toiletry, and Fragrance Association this summer after almost 20 years of service. Elizabeth H. Anderson, CTFA’s current associate general counsel, will become executive vice president-legal and general counsel, effective upon Mr. Donegan’s retirement.

DIC: Dainippon Ink & Chemicals, Sun Chemical Corp.’s parent company, has appointed Naoki Tsuji as chairman of the board, replacing Wes Lucas. Mr. Tsuji was most recently president, DIC Logistics.

Alco Chemical: Michael Hagen has been appointed director of marketing, responsible for pan-Atlantic marketing efforts. He will work closely with the company’s sales, manufacturing and R&D groups.

Mastertaste Inc.: Chris Long was appointed general manager of Mastertaste’s Sweet Flavors team in Commerce, CA. Most recently, he served as national sales manager with California Custom Fruits and Flavors, Inc. Mr. Long will oversee all aspects of the west coast operation, including sales, finance, R&D, customer service and production.  

Hill Top Research:  John Murta has been named senior vice president and chief financial officer. He will oversee the accounting/finance and information technology departments.  

John Lyssikatos has been named vice president of sales and marketing and will be responsible for all Hill Top business units including Health and Personal Care, Oral Care and Microbiology.  

Kelly Knight-Bohnhoff has been named vice president of regulatory affairs and quality assurance and is responsible for maintaining quality systems to ensure regulatory compliance. She also oversees training programs for Hill Top associates.

Mary Ellen Hall has been named vice president of human resources. Charley Folk and Tati Bates have been named group operations directors.

Chemidex: Michelle Evans has been hired as director of Chemidex’s global marketing business and will be responsible for coordinating and developing the customer user base and new products. Most recently, she served as director, advertising and communications at ISP.

Ecolab Inc.: James J. Howard, a director since 1991, has retired from the board of directors under the company’s age 70 retirement policy for directors. As a result of Mr. Howard’s retirement, the board decreased its size from 13 to 12 directors.

Robertet: Jared Hamill has been hired as associate food technologist in the flavors applications library. Leslie Evans has been promoted to senior key accounts executive. Diana Furey has been promoted to manager, flavor applications. Edna Alston Scott has been promoted to food technologist.

OraLabs Holding Corp.: Allen R. Goldstone resigned from the board of directors in February.

L’Oréal USA: Jack Wiswall, president of the luxury products division, will retire at the end of 2006. Serge Jureidini, general manager of Giorgio Armani Beauty, will assume the role of president, designer fragrance division, effective July 2006.

Pilot Chemical Co.: Bob Rechtin has been appointed manager, North American sales. He was previously director of sales and strategic purchasing at Baerlocher USA.

Clorox Co.: Robert Matschullat will serve as the company’s interim chairman and chief executive officer while Gerald Johnston remains hospitalized after a heart attack in March. Mr. Matschullat is presiding director on the company’s board.

Lubrizol: Robert Abernathy, group president, developing and emerging markets of Kimberly-Clark Corporation, was appointed to fill a vacancy on the Lubrizol board.


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