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Personnel Roundup



Published May 4, 2009
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Cognis Adds Regional Sales Managers in West



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Cognis: has named Craig Frial regional sales manager, Western
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region. Mr. Frial was most recently the Western region sales manager for Lonza Inc. He will manage all direct and indirect sales activities for Cognis Care Chemicals out of the greater Los Angeles area.

Margie Best has recently joined Cognis as the regional sales manager, Mid-Western region. Prior to this appointment, she was a senior account manager for personal care with International Specialty Products. Ms. Best will be responsible for all direct and indirect sales activities for Cognis Care Chemicals out of the greater Chicago region.


Desert Whale Jojoba: added another member to its sales and distribution network—Shagufta Meghji, who will serve the cosmetic industry throughout Canada. Ms. Meghji has been involved in the cosmetic industry for more than 13 years.

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Consumer Product Testing Company: appointed two industry veterans to its sales and marketing team. Carl Cappabianca is now director, sales and marketing. He was most recently at Jeen International where he headed sales, marketing and commercial development leading its personal care ingredients business. Previously, Mr. Cappabianca was with Lonza.

Jack Borowsky was appointed as national accounts manager. He was most recently at Galil Medical, where he directed the marketing of technology for oncology treatment. Mr. Borowsky brings more than two decades of experience in both large multinational companies, including Johnson & Johnson.


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McDowell Label & Screen Printing: appointed John McDowell president.
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He had served as the company’s vice president of sales since 2006. The company also promoted Jay A. Luft to vice president. He had served as the company’s operations manager since 2006. Phil Norris was hired as sales manager. Mr. Norris, a career veteran of the industry, served in roles from sales to general management.

The M.F. Cachat Company: hired Frances Amy as technical sales representative, Eastern region. She is responsible for managing the sales responsibility for northern New Jersey.Ms. Amy was previously
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with Ciba Corporation Coating Effects and Industrial Platform Plastics. Her 13-year career with Ciba included technical sales.

Pilot Chemical Company: appointed David Ligon to its board. He is currently the founder and managing partner of Brightwell Capital Partners, LLC, an asset management and advisory firm serving privately held U.S.-based businesses in Los Angeles, CA. Prior to founding Brightwell in 2008, he worked for Emporia Capital Management, Union Bank, Wells Fargo Bank, First Interstate Bank and Bank of America.

Research Institute for Fragrance Materials: added a technical writer, Joseph Scognamiglio, to its human health sciences program. He will primarily be responsible for working on group summaries and fragrance material reviews. Mr. Scognamiglio succeeds Leah Jones,who now is a respiratory specialist there.

InterParfums: named Gary McNatton of Through Smoke Creative, Sausalito, CA, as its creative director for Gap personal care products. In his new post, Mr. McNatton will provide creative direction for the Gap brand. He has a long association with Gap Inc., having served as its senior vice president for personal care products for eight years until 2002.

Christian Dior: appointed Terry Darland president of North America for Christian Dior Perfumes. Ms. Darland was most recently general manager of North America for the company. She joined the company in 2004.

Coty: appointed Renato Semerari as president of the company’s Coty Beauty division. Mr. Semerari will manage all Coty brands available in mass distribution in the Americas, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

Among his key responsibilities, Mr. Semerari will seek new business ventures and collaborations, as well as oversee the continued development and expansion of the Coty Beauty portfolio. He will also serve as a member of Coty’s Executive Committee.

Mr. Semerari started his career in 1986 with Procter & Gamble where he held a series of positions of increasing responsibility. While at P&G, he worked across all categories of the marketing department for personal care, oral care, skin care, paper and detergents, in both Italy and the United Kingdom. He has also held positions at LVMH as international marketing director of Parfums Christian Dior, and president and chief executive officer of Guerlain.

Prior to his appointment at Coty, Mr. Semerari served as the president and chief executive officer of Sephora Europe since October 2007. He will take leadership of Coty Beauty this month, replacing Hans Joachim Honigfort, who will retire in the fall after seven years with Coty.


WSL Strategic Retail: named Randi Diane Fater vice president of sales. She has more than 20 years experience in brand sales and national marketing. Ms. Fater’s experience includes serving as sales director for DenTek Oral Care, senior national account manager for Del Pharmaceuticals and vice president of sales at Lake Pharmaceuticals. She received abachelor’s degree in Spanish from Upsala College, and a master’s of business administration from Keller Graduate School.


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