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May 3, 2010

Cognis Promotes Koester in Marketing and Technology

Josef Koester
named Josef Koester director of marketing and technology Care Chemicals NAFTA, expanding his role to cover the marketing and technology activities for the personal care, home care and I&I markets in Canada, Mexico and the U.S.

Koester has more than 30 years of extensive industrial experience holding positions of increasing responsibility in technology and marketing for the European and global markets served by Care Chemicals. In September 2003, he transferred to the U.S. to manage the NAFTA marketing for Care Chemicals’ personal care and home care/I&I market segment in addition to his global assignments. Since October 2005, he has concentrated fully on his regional NAFTA marketing responsibilities within Care Chemicals.

Rexam: appointed Malcolm Harrison group director, Plastic Packaging. He brings to Rexam a wealth of international management knowledge and experience from a career spent in the food and beverage industry, according to the company. In this position, Harrison will lead the company’s efforts to focus its global plastic packaging resources on creating value-added product and service solutions that help customers build their brands and businesses.

Malcolm Harrison
Harrison began his career in manufacturing and operations at Mars Ltd. He moved on to serve as operations director of Britvic Soft Drinks, and then as a divisional managing director for the former Bass Brewers. During the past 10 years, he has held senior leadership roles in both InBev in Belgium and, most recently, with Nestlé in Switzerland.

Micro Powders, Inc.:
appointed Brandon Nazario as technical sales representative for its personal care division. He joins MPI with more than 13 years experience as a formulating chemist for Estée Lauder Companies in Melville, NY and Markwins International in City of Industry, CA.Most recently, he was at Jeen International as an account manager.

Kyowa Hakko USA:
tapped Dr. Toshikazu Kamiya, formerly director of Kyowa Hakko Bio, Healthcare Products Development Center, as its new president and chief executive officer. Since 1997, Kamiya has been the head of the nutraceuticals research group devoting himself to health care research to clarify how amino acids and other nutritional molecules relate to aging, diseases, skin disorders, obesity and other health issues.He has worked on pharmaceutical and nutraceutical research for more than 20 years at Kyowa Hakko Bio Co., Ltd.

Revlon, Inc.:
named Elise Garofalo senior vice president, treasurer and investor relations. In this role, she will be responsible for Revlon’s global treasury function and all investor relations activities involving the company.

Garofalo, a certified public accountant, joins Revlon from Trinsum Group, where she most recently served as chief financial officer. She brings significant financial experience to Revlon, having held financial positions of increasing responsibility at GrafTech International Ltd. and KPMG.

Unilever: promoted Keith Weed to chief marketing and communications officer (CMO). He was formerly an executive vice president of home care, oral care and water at Unilever.

Reckitt Benckiser: appointed Salvatore Caizzone as executive vice president Europe area. Caizzone was formerly senior vice president Africa & Middle East. He joined the business in 1996 in Italy in international sales.

MS&L Group:
welcomed Carson Gray Elias as its new senior vice president of beauty and luxury. She will work with the agency’s current roster of beauty and luxury clients including Keri, World Gold Council and American Crew.

Benefit Cosmetics:
named Aurelian Lis general manager, North America. He reports to Jean-Andre Rougeot, chief executive officer of Benefit Cosmetics.

Lis will oversee the expansion of the brand’s cosmetics boutiques, and will continue to promote Benefit’s Brow Bar concept, which enables consumers to get brow treatments at department store counters.

Prior to this appointment, Lis spent six years as president and co-founder of Prescribed Solutions, a customized skin care line sold through doctors’ offices, which was acquired by Biopelle Inc. in August 2009. He has also been chief operating officer for Delia’s Corp. and has worked for Unilever in a variety of strategic capacities focusing on brands such as Elizabeth Arden, Cerruti and Lagerfeld.

Kolmar Labs:
named Joe Healy executive chairman. Tom Calcagno, vice president, general manager, will continue to manage the day-to-day operations at the company.