Sales: $1.5 billion for cosmetics. Corporate sales: $2.6 billion.
Key Personnel: Pierre-Yves Revol, chairman of the Pierre Fabre Foundation; Eric Ducournau, group chief executive officer; Núria Perez-Cullell, chief executive officer of Pierre Fabre Dermo-Cosmetics
Major Products: Pierre Fabre Dermo-Cosmetique (PFDC): Eau Thermale Avéne, A-Derma, Galénic, Darrow, Glytone (skin and body care), Ducray, Klorane (skin, hair and body care), René Furterer (hair care and scalp treatments), Elancyl (body care).
New Products: Avène Mineral Sunscreen Fluid SPF 50+, Tinted Mineral Sunscreen Fluid SPD 50+, XeraCalm A.D Lipid-Replenishing, Cicalfate Restorative Lip Cream Gentle Scrub, Skin Care Oil, Melt-in Moisturizing Balm, XeraCalm A.D Lipid-Replenishing Balm with new generation patented D.E.F.I. pump; Klorane Organic Cupuaçu Butter Personal Care (in Fig leaf, Hibiscus Flower, Yuzu Infusion fragrances), Detox Shampoo with Aquatic Mint; Ducray Densiage Dietary Supplement, Ducray Densziage Hair Care; Glytone Enhance Brightening Hand Cream, Exfoliating Serum; Renè Furterer Okara Blonde, Color & Silver collections.
Comments: For 2018, sales gains for Groupe Pierre Fabre’s beauty activity were driven by double-digit growth in Asia and the Americas. Low single-digit growth in Europe was impacted mainly by the sluggish French market.
Just as our Top 50 wrapped last summer, big news was revealed at Pierre Fabre. In August 2018, Núria Perez-Cullell was appointed to the position of chief executive officer of the Pierre Fabre Group’s Pierre Fabre Dermo-Cosmetics (PFDC) subsidiary. Perez-Cullell took over the position from Eric Ducournau, who had been CEO of Pierre Fabre Dermo-Cosmetics since October 2012 and was promoted to group executive officer. As CEO of PFDC, Perez-Cullell’s responsibilities include management of activities in France; coordination and implementation of the global strategy of PFDC brands; its manufacturing operations; R&D and product development.
In 2018, strategic initiatives included the opening of a new innovation center in Brazil, a concept store and e-commerce store in Poland and an investment in Même, a French indie beauty brand. Même specializes in skin care for women affected by cancer.
Pierre Fabre Dermo-Cosmetics signed a partnership in which it became the second investor in Même. The range—which was created by two young women inspired by their own personal experience—was formulated in collaboration with oncologists and dermatologists. According to Pierre Fabre, sales teams and medical reps of Eau Thermale Avène will help build recognition of Même products in oncology departments and pharmacies.
In the US, the Klorane Botanical Foundation and national non-profit KidsGardening recently named six schools as winners of the second annual Budding Botanist Grant. The schools were selected for their commitment to teaching environmental sustainability and biodiversity. Since 2018, 12 Budding Botanist Grant packages valued at $3,000 each in cash and supplies have been provided to school educators in low-income schools to provide much-needed resources for creating learning gardens with their students.