Lipo Chemicals Inc.: welcomed Nancy Clements as vice president global marketing. In this role, she will lead worldwide initiatives to develop and implement Lipo’s new business growth strategies, driving growth in core markets. Clements joins Lipo with more than 25 years of experience in the personal care and chemical industries. Most recently, she was at TRI/Princeton and previously at ISP as global marketing director, personal care where she advanced steadily over an 11-year career.
Stefan F. Heidenreich
Thomas-B. Quaas, who has been CEO of Beiersdorf since 2005, will remain in office until the end of the annual general meeting, after which the plan is for him to be elected to the supervisory board. He has been with the firm for 33 years.
Heidenreich has been CEO of the international Hero Group since 2002. He will leave that post on Dec. 31.
Original & Mineral (O&M): welcomed industry veteran Jason Sherwood as North American sales director. According to the company, he will spearhead O&M’s entry into the US and Canada, targeting top salons across North America. Sherwood will also oversee the North American development of O&M’s hair care, styling and professional color lines.
Based in southern California, Sherwood is a native Australian and has more than 15 years experience growing high-end boutique hair and beauty brands in the US, having previously worked for Italian firm Davines. Recently, he’s helped expand the footprint of some of Australia’s top-tier hair salons.
Avon Products, Inc.: named Fernando J. Acosta as president, Latin America, effective Dec. 1. He will report to Charles Herington, EVP, developing market group, and serve on Avon’s executive committee.
Acosta joins Avon after 19 years at Unilever, where he advanced through a series of senior operating positions with increasing responsibility in Latin America, Europe, Asia and the US.
His career portfolio includes an impressive track record of building and managing consumer-focused businesses in developed, developing and emerging markets. He also has had operating responsibility for some of Unilever’s most prominent brand names, including Dove, Axe, Ponds and Rexona. Most recently, Acosta served as SVP for Unilever in the Middle Americas based in Colombia, with responsibility for the company’s personal care, home care, food and beverage businesses spanning nine countries in Latin America.
Estée Lauder: named Richard Ferretti to the position of senior vice president, global creative director, Estée Lauder. In this role, he will oversee all creative and visual aspects of the Estée Lauder brand globally, including TV, digital and print advertising, packaging, visual merchandising and store design.
For the past two years, he served as creative director of the Coach and Reed Krakoff brands. At Coach, Ferretti was responsible for directing the global image of the brand’s leather goods and fragrances through advertising, catalogs, digital assets and retail stores in key markets such as the US, UK, China and Japan, and incorporating the Coach heritage in a visually-compelling way. At Reed Krakoff, he was responsible for the creative development and visual imagery that launched the brand in 2010.
Pacific Sands, Inc.: named Peggy Stover as its new vice president of marketing and sales. Stover, prior to joining Pacific Sands, was the director of marketing and sales for Soy Basics, a maker of soy candles. Prior to that post, she worked as a senior executive of marketing and sales for Kraft Foods, SC Johnson Wax and Coors Brewing Company.
In her new role, she will be in charge of brand development, marketing strategy and creating a sales representative network for the brand portfolio that includes Natural Choice cleaners.
Dunsdon is a past president of the BFA and a former board member of IOFI, IFRA and RIFM as well as several charities. In 2008, he retired from IFF, where he had held the position of chief operating officer.
Paradigm Science: added Don DeLorenzo as regional sales manager responsible for personal care customers in Connecticut, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. His responsibilities include supporting current sales as well as developing new partnerships with customers.
Menasha Packaging: promoted Stu Maisel to sales manager for its Yukon, PA complex. He was most recently retail integration director at the company’s Philadelphia Complex. He has more than 20 years of experience in the retail packaging and display industry, having held positions with successive responsibility at Cormark, Inc., Trans World Marketing, Array Marketing and DIAM USA.
Spectra Colors: tapped Ray McCreary as chief operating officer. He founded Paragon Household Products and built the company from the ground up for 14 years. McCreary created a nationally recognized brand for a mothball product, and more importantly, developed the lowest cost manufacturing capability for this product globally. Prior to founding Paragon, McCreary was with many leading multinational companies throughout his career, where he held leading roles within operations, finance, joint venture management and capital planning, achieving increasing responsibility with each role.
Energizer Holdings: appointed Mark S. LaVigne as general counsel, effective upon the retirement of Gayle G. Stratmann, vice president and general counsel. She will retire from Energizer in the first half of 2012. LaVigne joined Energizer in 2010, and has served as secretary and assistant general counsel. He came to Energizer from Bryan Cave LLP, where he was a partner.
Kiss My Face: named Steve Michaelson as chief executive officer.He has held leadership positions at a diverse set of retailers, including chief marketing officer at Supervalu, CEO of internet retailer Fresh Direct and as senior vice president of Wegmans. In addition to retailing, Michaelson has extensive experience in brand and product management with companies such as Sara Lee Corporation and Procter & Gamble.
Living Proof: appointed Grace Ray as chief marketing officer, overseeing the global product strategy, brand development and strategic marketing functions for the company. She was most recently the vice president of global marketing for Smashbox Cosmetics. Ray has also had extensive leadership experience from past senior positions with L’Oréal Paris and Nestle.
She will report directly to Jon Flint, co-founder and CEO of Living Proof and co-founder of Polaris Venture Partners, the company’s lead investor.