By  on March 28, 2008

ALES PHILOSOPHY: Philosophy Inc. has named Eileen Barker senior vice president of sales and education, effective April 14. Barker was most recently senior vice president of sales and marketing for Fresh Cosmetics, owned by LVMH Moët Hen­nessy Louis Vuitton. She has also held several related roles at the Estée Lauder Cos. Inc., including posts at Bobbi Brown. Philosophy chief executive officer E. Michael McNamara said of the appointment, “We saw a need to add capabilities at the senior level.…Everything about Barker’s personality, energy and drive will lead the organization’s growth.” Barker, referring to Philosophy’s brand potential, said: “It has a positioning as a lifestyle brand. It captures peoples’ emotions.”

SHISEIDO PLANT: Japanese cosmetics giant Shiseido is to invest $38 million to build a production facility in Vietnam, the firm announced Tuesday. Next month, it will establish a manufacturing subsidiary called Shiseido Vietnam Inc., which will begin work on the site in December. The factory, which will supply mainly mid- and low-priced treatment products for countries in the Association of South Eastern Nations, or ASEAN region, will be operational by December 2009, Shiseido stated. Shiseido’s overseas business is expected to surpass 36 percent of the company’s net sales for the fiscal year ended March 31, compared with 32.4 percent in the prior fiscal year. Shiseido said China will continue to be its core focus. The company expanded its Shanghai factory last year to increase production capacity in the country.

LIFE AQUATIC: Utilizing Procter & Gamble’s Aquacurrent Science, the new Pantene Pro-V Beautiful Lengths Shampoo and Conditioner system incorporates technology designed to regulate the flow of water in and out of the hair fiber and is said to make hair 10 times stronger against damage. A portion of the proceeds from every Pantene Pro-V Beautiful Lengths purchase will support Pantene Beautiful Lengths, a charity that creates free wigs for women undergoing cancer treatment. Cover Girl also offers products inspired by Aquacurrent Science to help with moisture, while covering imperfections and evening out skin tone. The technology also is incorporated in Oil of Olay and Secret products.

NEW AT CLINIQUE: Ricardo Quintero has been appointed senior vice president, general manager of the Americas for Clinique. He will join the company July 1 and will be responsible for all North and South America sales and profits as well as North American marketing and sales administration. “The role is key to Clinique’s continued growth in both of these significant geographical regions. Ricardo brings his diverse experience, strategic ability and worldwide learnings to this position,” stated Lynne Greene, global president of Clinique, to whom Quintero will report.
Quintero has been senior vice president and general manager of Clinique International, responsible for sales and profits for the  Clinique business outside of North America. “During this time, the brand has enjoyed strong growth and development, including the opening of new markets like India and expansion into Brazil,” stated Greene. Before joining Clinique’s international team, Quintero was general manager of the Estée Lauder Cos. in Korea.FABRE MOVE: Pierre Fabre Dermo-Cosmétique has named Hubert Bevelsborg president and chief executive officer of its U.S. operations. Bevelsborg’s new duties include running the Pierre Fabre Dermo-Cosmétique USA business in Parsippany, N.J., and overseeing the France-based firm’s medicine, skin care and hair care brands, including René Furterer, Klorane, Glytone, Avene and A-Derma. Bevelsborg, who joined L’Oréal in 1987 — then went to the Estée Lauder Cos. in 1994 — has been managing director of Fabre’s operations in Germany, Switzerland and Austria since 2001. Sales of that business quadrupled, and profits increased, during Bevelsborg’s tenure as managing director, the firm stated. Pierre Fabre Dermo-Cosmétique has more than 90 global affiliates and annual revenues of about $3 billion.

JUICY PAIRING: Christopher Kane has designs on lips. The British designer has teamed up with L’Oréal-owned Lancôme to create a collection of Juicy Tubes lip glosses. The limited edition collection, dubbed Juicy Tubes World Tour by Christopher Kane, is made up of glosses inspired by New York, Tokyo, Paris and Rio de Janeiro. “Fashion makes you travel and I’ve been lucky enough to visit many interesting places that each have unique visions of individuality and beauty,” stated Kane. In the U.K., eight glosses will be available, including Cinnamon Soho, Tokyo Uzu, Moulin Rose and Banana Ipanema. The collection, which features dress designs by Kane on its packaging, bowed in the U.S. this month and will roll out internationally in April. Each Juicy Tube is priced at 13.50 pounds, or $27.08 at current exchange, in the U.K. This isn’t Kane’s first linkup with Lancôme. The designer has won the Lancôme Colour Designs Awards twice.

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