By  on April 18, 2008

PERFUME SHOP EXEC: Jo Walker has been named chief operating officer of The Perfume Shop, which is owned by A.S. Watson Group. Walker, who was formerly the perfumery chain’s retail director, took on the role last week, following Jeremy Seigal’s appointment as chief executive officer of A.S. Watson (U.K.). Walker joined The Perfume Shop in 1992 as a store manager and later held the roles of area manager, operations manager, operations controller, retail operations director and trading director. A.S. Watson, which is the retail arm of Hong Kong-based Hutchison Whampoa Ltd., also owns Superdrug and Savers. The Perfume Shop counts 164 doors in the U.K. and Ireland.

SOFT SKIN: Soft & Beautiful is getting into skin care. The mass market hair care brand, which is owned by Alberto-Culver Co. and targets women of color, is set to introduce in July Soft & Beautiful Skin. The brand unveiled the line at a press event Tuesday afternoon in New York, which featured a mini fashion show with nine evening dresses from designers KLS, Baby Phat and Betsey Johnson — a nod at the brand’s positioning, which contends that good skin is fashionable. The treatment line comprises six items, including a firming lotion, and is priced from $5.99 to $6.99.

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