AkzoNobel Global Personal Care: appointed James Grant to the post of technical screening chemist in AkzoNobel Surface Chemistry. His responsibilities include technical screening of new product formulations and applications using existing AkzoNobel products. Grant brings a strong background in organic synthesis chemistry, with experience in personal care formulations, raw materials, quality control and product scale-up, according to the company. Previously, he worked for two years as a raw materials scientist at Johnson & Johnson. He began his scientific career in the personal care industry at Colgate-Palmolive.
schülke Inc.: welcomed Luis F. Ortega to the position of technical sales representative. His responsibilities will include customer support for the Northeastern U.S. Prior to joining schülke, Ortega worked as a chemist for L’Oréal USA Products, Inc.
DPT Laboratories: named Grant Gilker general manager, operations, for the company’s Center of Excellence for semi-solids and liquids manufacturing in San Antonio, TX. He has 34 years of experience in quality and manufacturing operations, including 21 years in pharmaceutical operations. Gilker joins DPT from Pharmetics Inc., where he served as vice president of operations and sales.
Honeywell: appointed Bruno Trinquart as regional sales manager EMEA for personal care to handle industry specific business development. He has more than 15 years of experience in the cosmetic industry, holding technical and key sales and marketing positions with Lonza, 3V Sigma and Ciba Specialty Chemicals. Prior to joining Honeywell, Trinquart was responsible for the cosmetics business at SpecialChem.
The Consumer Specialty Products Association (CSPA): welcomed Steven D. Bennett, Ph.D., to serve in the newly created role as director of scientific affairs. He will primarily be responsible for managing the Scientific Affairs Committee and all of its related task forces and issues. His charge is to bolster the Association’s scientific affairs leadership and increase activities related to the environmental health and safety issues facing the industry.
Prior to joining CSPA, Bennett worked as a scientist and chemist for E.A. Engineering, Sparks, MD. He also lectures on the chemistry of natural processes for the Environmental Science and Policy Masters Program at John Hopkins University
LVMH: named Christopher de Lapuente global president and chief executive officer of Sephora. All regions worldwide will report to him. For European operations, he succeeds Jacques Levy.
De Lapuente will also serve as a member of the LVMH Executive Committee. In this capacity, he will take on additional responsibilities within the group.
A graduate in economics of The University of Buckingham, de Lapuente who holds dual Spanish and British citizenship, joined Procter & Gamble in 1983. He has spent his entire career within the Procter & Gamble, holding positions in the UK, Spain, Turkey, Germany and Switzerland. In 2004, he was appointed president, the youngest ever in P&G history, with responsibilities for the hair care division. Since 2007, he has been one of eight group presidents in charge of the global hair division, the second largest division at P&G, according to the company.
Johnson & Johnson (J&J): named Stefano Curti president of global skincare, responsible for the global J&J skin care business. It includes Johnson’s (both the baby and adult businesses), Neutrogena, Aveeno, RoC, Clean & Clear, Lubriderm, Ambi, Purpose, and the regional Asian, European, Latin American and North American beauty businesses.
Curti joined J&J more than 18 years ago in brand management for J&J SpA in Italy. Since then, he has held various marketing and general management positions including managing director in Europe with responsibility for the EMEA Wound Care franchise, the Scandinavian businesses and the European integration of Rembrandt from the Gillette Company.
The Procter & Gamble Company: added Susan Desmond-Hellmann, chancellor of the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), to its board of directors.
Prior to being named chancellor of UCSF, Desmond-Hellmann served as president of product development at Genentech, a position she held from March 2004 through April 2009.
For her outstanding contributions in the health care industry, Desmond-Hellmann has received numerous recognitions. In October of 2010 she was named to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Institute of Medicine.
In other news, P&G promoted Yannis Skoufalos, currently vice president-product supply, global operations, to the position of global product supply officer. He will assume his new position on July 1. He succeeds R. Keith Harrison, who is retiring on Sept. 1 after 41 years of service.