By  on September 21, 2007

NEW YORK — Familiar faces like Jill Scalamandre and firms like Coty and Chanel were among the top honorees at the HBA Global Expo awards held here Tuesday night.

Scalamandre, who took home the Lifetime Achievement Award in Marketing, is a 25-year veteran of the beauty industry, having worked at Revlon, Prada, Avon and, now, Chrysallis, the beauty arm of Greenwich, Conn.-based private equity firm Catterton Partners.

Still, "I'm a little too young" to be considered for a lifetime award, she joked during the sixth annual awards presentation, which took place at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square. "I have so much more to achieve."

Scalamandre, who is chief marketing officer at Chrysallis, cited the "visionary" people she has encountered throughout her career, including former Revlon executive Annette Golden, Miuccia Prada, Avon chief executive officer Andrea Jung, Cosmetic Executive Women president Carlotta Jacobson and her current boss, Melisse Shaban, ceo of Chrysallis.

"These are my teachers," said Scalamandre, who insisted that she has merely completed the first phase of her career, or "lifetime."

The awards presentation was emceed by CW11 News at Ten weekend anchor Mary Murphy and it benefitted the Sean Kimerling Testicular Cancer Foundation.

Ralph Macchio, senior vice president of global research and development and chief scientific officer at Coty Inc., received the Lifetime Achievement Award in Product Development.

While introducing Macchio, Coty ceo Bernd Beetz called him "a truly exceptional man." Beetz added that Macchio is responsible for "a great stream of innovation that has allowed us to build the business from a $1 billion company to a $3.5 billion company."

Macchio praised his R&D team for "continually innovating and coming up with big ideas."

Packaging Executive of the Year honors went to Chanel Inc.'s Scott Widro, the firm's vice president of materials management and manufacturing. Widro quipped that the last time he won an award it was during Little League baseball when he was 11 years old, "but I don't know if you can compare that to this night."

Donna Karan's Gold fragrance was honored twice, once with the HBA International Package Design Grand Award, and also as the Category Leader for Fragrance Limited.

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