Personnel AppointmentsAt Lipo Chemicals• Lipo Chemicals, Inc.: promoted Lukas Swid to managing director, Asia Pacific and Steven Richards to director of sales, North America. Diana Tang, general manager China–Asia Pacific, will report to Swid.
Swid will have full P&L responsibility for the Asia Pacific region including the India subcontinent. Richards will be responsible for all sales activities in the US and Canada.
• Kal’Idees S.A.S.: independent consultant Karl Lintner, PhD, was appointed associate professor at the University of Versailles-Saint Quentin, France. For the next three years he will be teaching various subjects of cosmetic chemistry at both undergraduate and master level, including an international Master Class EFCM (European Fragrance and Cosmetics Master).
• DKSH: appointed Cesar Saez global head of its personal care industry business line. He brings more than 10 years of experience in the specialty chemicals industry. Before joining DKSH, he worked for Clariant, where he held various management assignments in Switzerland, Mexico and Venezuela. Most recently, he was based at Clariant’s headquarters in Muttenz, Switzerland, where he was head of sales and applications industrial and home care, in charge of the EMEA region.
• Kim Vo Enterprises: named Kevin Barrett president. He had been vice president of Fromm International for more than 21 years. In his new capacity, he will continue as an executive of Fromm with focus on Kim Vo Enterprises (KVE). Fromm acquired an ownership stake in KVE last spring.
• NYX Professional Makeup: appointed Scott Friedman chief executive officer. He brings more than 15 years of industry experience to the role, formerly held by Toni Ko, who will transition to founder and chief creative director.
Prior to joining NYX, Friedman was CEO of Allegro Mfg, Inc., an international manufacturer and marketer of cosmetics, organizers, electronics and accessory bags, which was sold to Conair in 2007.
• The Estée Lauder Companies Inc.: will welcome Carl Haney as executive vice president, global research and development, corporate product innovation, package development, beginning Jan. 1, 2012.
Harvey Gedeon, who is currently in the role, announced his intention to retire after a decade of success with the company.
Haney will join the Estée Lauder Companies following a more than 20-year career at The Procter & Gamble Company (P&G). Most recently he was vice president, R&D, male grooming, Gillette, Braun and devices, leading teams in all aspects of innovation, including product, packaging, process development and engineering. He started his career at P&G and over the years held numerous leadership positions in locations around the world.
• Cutler Salons: added Michael Gordon as partner to work alongside founder Rodney Cutler to develop and grow the business, according to the company.
Gordon is best known for creating Bumble and bumble, which opened its NYC salon doors in 1977, launched its first products in 1992 and introduced Bumble and bumble University in 2004—all with Gordon as president, chief executive and principal image-maker.
After selling the company to Estée Lauder in 2006, he devoted much of his time to creating “Vidal Sassoon The Movie,” which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and was released nationally in theaters in 2011.
• Drom Fragrances USA: welcomed three new members to the team, according to the company.
Doug Boissonault joined Drom as an account manager, bringing a wealth of experience across all market segments to his new position. He will be located in Drom’s Towaco, NJ facility.
Samantha Cruz joined Drom as fragrance development manager for personal care, home care and fine fragrance accounts. She is working out of the Drom Fragrance Design Studio in Tribeca, New York City.
Lionel Nesbit joined Drom as a technical perfumer in the analytical department. He will also be working out of Drom’s Towaco, NJ facility.
• American Cleaning Institute (ACI) Board of Directors: named executives from AkzoNobel and Clorox as the newest members of its board. Robert Margevich, president and managing director of AkzoNobel Surface Chemistry; and Benno Dorer, senior vice president–cleaning division and Canada, The Clorox Company; were elected. They are filling out the terms of former Directors Frank Sherman, AkzoNobel, and Larry Peiros, Clorox, which run through January 2012.
• Spectra Colors: appointed Alexis Capik marketing manager for its new marketing department. She reports to Luis Marrero and will work closely with the sales team.
Capik has responsibility for increasing Spectra Colors’ market presence and brand recognition throughout the industry. Her background in international business will allow her to bring her knowledge of marketing and global consciousness to this position. She has worked on a number of different marketing projects such as the website, brochures, trade show wall and Spectrawear. Additionally, she has knowledge of the current trends in social media and corporate blogging, according to the company.
• Physicians Formula Holdings, Inc.: appointed Bruce Kanter to join the company’s board of directors. He will be filling a vacancy created by the departure of Padraic Spence.
Kanter was the executive vice president and chief financial officer of Westwood One, Inc. (WWON), a public company operating as the leading radio program syndicator from December 1991 to February 1994. Before that, he was the senior vice president and chief financial officer of Neutrogena Corporation. Since retiring in 1994, Kanter has been active on several boards.
• Reckitt Benckiser Group Plc. (RB): appointed Richard Joyce as the new RB investor relations director. In this role, he will report to Liz Doherty, chief financial officer. To facilitate Joyce’s transition into his new role, Tom Corran, who retired from the RB investor relations role in 2008, will be returning to RB as a part-time consultant for a year.
According to the company, Joyce is well qualified to take on this new role, as he is currently director financial reporting for the group, a role he has held for three years. Previously, he was finance director RB Nordic region; prior to that, senior manager internal audit at RB. He joined RB in 2002 from PriceWaterhouse Coopers where he worked in both the Sydney, Australia and London, UK offices.