By  on July 19, 2010

Andi Vernick, a 38-year veteran of the Estée Lauder Cos. Inc., whose positions included vice president of creative design and operations, died Thursday at her home in New Jersey after a lengthy illness. She was 60.

Vernick, who grew up in New Jersey, started as a clerk typist for Lauder’s sales promotion department after graduating from American University in Washington.

She soon was picked to be director of the sales promotion department and initiated many cost-saving and efficiency policies, the company said in a statement. In 1989, she was elevated to vice president of promotion and co-op advertising for the Estée Lauder division and inaugurated procedures that are still in place.

She eventually became vice president of creative design and operations, reporting to Aerin Lauder, Estée Lauder senior vice president and creative director.

Last year, Vernick joined Lauder’s project management team. She subsequently took on the role of vice president of special projects for office services, reporting to Rich Marzullo, vice president of office services. Her duties included managing Lauder’s corporate archives.

Vernick retired June 1.

“Andi’s warm smile, generous heart, friendship and good spirit will be sorely missed by her friends and colleagues,” the company said. “Her dedication, drive and eagerness for new challenges and responsibilities made her an invaluable resource and expert during the years she spent here.”

Funeral services were Sunday in Union, N.J.

Vernick is survived by her mother, Ada L. Vernick; two brothers, Jonathan and Laurence Vernick, and three nieces.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Thoracic Research Fund at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, 1275 York Avenue, New York.

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