Cornelia Zicu, the skin care and spa icon, has joined Red Door Spas as worldwide chief creative officer.

Zicu, who rose to fame in 2004 by pampering celebrities at her namesake day spa on Fifth Avenue, will now focus her attention on creative development and service carry-through in all of Red Door’s 30 U.S. locations (and one in London), which include freestanding units, as well as spas in resorts and hotels.

Zicu split from the spa she founded, Cornelia Fifth Avenue, in January 2007 and remains a shareholder. The spa still operates, but now under the Cornelia Day Resort banner. For several years, Zicu has served as a spa consultant.

Todd Walter, ceo of Red Door Spa Holdings, said, “Cornelia brings to our organization a wealth of industry knowledge and an abundance of creative ideas to bolster our internal development in an ever-changing market.”

Zicu arrived in the U.S. in 1992 from Eastern Europe (she was born in Romania). Her skin care career in Manhattan soon evolved into a role as head aesthetician at the Peninsula hotel’s spa. She then became a spa owner, where she launched hundreds of skin care items under her own name.

Red Door Spa Holdings, a privately held company backed by private equity firm North Castle Partners, owns and operates 31 Red Door Spas, as well as 20 Chicago-based Mario Tricoci Hair Salons and Day Spas.

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