Sales: $200 million
Key personnel: Keech Combe Shetty, executive chair; Akshay Shetty, CEO; Michele Tesbir, SVP, CFO; Anthony Santini, SVP, general counsel; Stacey Feldman, SVP and GM, OTC brands, North America; Vanessa Reggiardo, SVP and GM, men’s care, North America; Jorge Meszaros, SVP and GM core international markets; Jason Friedlander, SVP & GM, ecommerce, media and analytics; Dr. Padmaja Pre, Ph.D, SVP, global research and innovation; Tim Williams, SVP, global operations; Meg Rogers, SVP, worldwide creative director; Kyle Stenzel, SVP, sales North America; Ana Maria Irazabal, SVP, human resources; Robery Lanni, SVP and CIO-information management
Major products: Hair color, personal care and grooming including Just For Men, Seabond and Vagisil
Comments: Combe is the company behind powerhouse brand Just For Men, which is the leading men’s hair color in the US. According to IRI data, Combe accounted for $197 million of the $205.7 million in men’s hair color market sales in US multi-outlets for the 52 weeks ended Oct. 6, 2019.
But Just For Men isn’t the company’s only activity in hair care. Combe has a stake in Virtue Labs, a self-described “biotech firm” that repairs hair. Virtue’s key technology is Alpha Keratin 60ku, a protein that battles frizz and more. The North Carolina-based company, which Combe invested in back in 2017, has a cult following and its ColorKick hair filler earned a spot on Popular Science’s list of “2019’s most exciting personal care products.”