REVLON RANKS: Debra Leipman-Yale, executive vice president and global general manager for the Revlon brand, was promoted to executive vice president and chief marketing officer, with oversight of the total Revlon portfolio, including Almay and Ultima II. It is a new position. Rochelle Udell, formerly executive vice president of creative development and designer, has been promoted to executive vice president and chief creative officer. Leipman-Yale and Udell report to Jack Stahl, president and chief executive officer, Revlon Inc.
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MCKAY JOINS ARAMIS: Nancy McKay has been named vice president and national sales manager, Aramis and Designer Fragrances for North America. McKay will oversee field activity for all Aramis and Designer Fragrance brand launches, as well as ongoing support for existing business. She will report to Carol Russo, vice president of sales and marketing for North America.
VERA’S ROAD TRIP: No one can say that designer Vera Wang doesn’t go the extra mile — or miles — to promote her fragrance. In the week before Mother’s Day, Wang made stops at Macy’s Union Square in San Francisco, racking up sales of $15,500; Nordstrom South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, Calif., to the tune of $18,500, and Marshall Field’s flagship in Chicago, with sales totaling $24,000. The San Francisco and Costa Mesa stops reportedly broke the respective doors’ one-day fragrance personal appearance sales records; the store record in Chicago — $31,800 —?was set by Wang in 2002.
WHAT A DOLL: Anna Sui was at Bloomingdale’s on May 17 to sign autographs and speak to customers about her latest scent, Dolly Girl. “We are really excited by the numbers, particularly post-Mother’s Day,” said Michelle Israel, fragrance buyer for Bloomingdale’s, adding that “Anna Sui was one of the stronger personal appearances of the spring?season.” Industry sources estimate that Dolly Girl garnered sales of about $10,000 for the day.
DEL OUTLOOK: Dan K. Wassong, chairman and chief executive officer of Del Laboratories, speaking at the company’s annual meeting this week, said he expects its positive momentum to continue through 2003.
Wassong noted that Del Labs “had its most successful year ever” in 2002. For the first quarter of 2003, Del reported a net sales gain of 17 percent to $93.3 million.
HIP, HIP, SURRATT: Troy Surratt will be signed as the official Beauty.com Inc. makeup artist and spokesperson. Surratt began his relationship with Beauty.com as assistant to the late Kevyn Aucoin and will now fill the master artist’s shoes by providing expert beauty and makeup advice to online customers, as well as providing his services for Beauty.com-sponsored events such as runway shows, story tips and launch events.
NOSE NEWS: The American Society of Perfumers honored Evelyn Lauder, senior corporate vice president of The Estée Lauder Cos., during its 49th annual symposium, called “The Art of Creativity,” on Monday. Lauder received the Society’s Legends Award, which is given to a non-perfumer who demonstrates creativity in the fragrance arena and develops and markets fragrance. Additionally, Annie Buzantian, master perfumer at Firmenich, received the Society’s Lifetime Achievement Award, and Dr. Baja Mookherjee was posthumously recognized for more than three decades of contributions toward advancing the fragrance supply industry at International Flavors and Fragrances.
DREAM DATE: Estée Lauder spokesmodel Carolyn Murphy accompanied United States Naval Academy Midshipman Robert W. Madel to the Academy’s Second-Class Ring Dance on May 17. Madel brought his dream night to life by boldly requesting Murphy’s company from Leonard Lauder, chairman of The Estée Lauder Cos., himself a former U.S. Navy Lieutenant, who praised Madel’s gutsy instinct. Sort of brings new meaning to the phrase, “All you need to do is ask.”
FATIMA FOR FIELDS: Celebrity makeup artist Fatima has joined Marshall Field’s as its national beauty expert. Her duties will include participating in trend media interviews, hosting cosmetic events and serving as a hands-on makeup artist. Fatima has also been a national beauty trainer for Aveda.