SCIENCE CLASS: Since their inception in 1998, the L’Oréal-UNESCO Women in Science Awards have provided funding for scores of scientists across the globe. This year, the program is broadening: in addition to the global awards, a U.S. version will also be launched in 2004.
At a gala luncheon at the Museum of Natural History, John Wendt, executive vice president of public affairs for L’Oréal, explained why: "Our founder was a chemist, and science is in the heart and blood of L’Oréal," he said, noting that the multibillion dollar corporation spends a sum equivalent to upward of 3 percent of its annual sales on research and development, and is also responsible for more than 3,000 new formulas and 500 patent applications each year.
"We’re very proud of the program," said Jean-Paul Agon, president and chief executive officer of L’Oréal USA, noting that more than 60 percent of the company’s scientists are women. As for why the U.S. component was introduced, Agon noted that "the size of the market makes it logical to promote scientific development in all forms."
IT’S OFFICIAL: Shiseido Cosmetics (America) Ltd., has appointed a chief financial officer and it is Karen Carlson, a 25-year veteran of the beauty industry. Carlson, who had acted as cfo for the U.S. arm of the Japanese cosmetics giant since October, has been permanently named to the post of executive vice president of operations and cfo, the company announced this week. Carlson will report to Hiroshi Maruyama, chairman and chief executive of Shiseido Cosmetics (America). Carlson acted as a consultant to various beauty marketers prior to joining Shiseido. She also spent 12 years at LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, where she held senior financial and operations positions at Parfums Christian Dior.
FIT’S BEAUTY APPOINTMENT: Stephan Kanlian has been named chairman of the master’s degree program in Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing and Management at the Fashion Institute of Technology. The program, which is believed to be the first of its kind in the U.S., is designed for beauty industry professionals that are seeking advanced managerial training. As chairman, Kanlian will be responsible for overseeing curriculum development; relationships with the program’s corporate partners; development of corporate sponsorships; an executive mentor program, and admissions and special events.
FIFI A LA FRANCAISE: France feted fragrance this week with the 11th annual FiFi awards ceremony. Its winners included: Gucci Eau de Parfum for best women’s fragrance and best women’s bottle; Parfums Yves Saint Laurent’s M7 for best men’s scent; Serge Lutens’ Vetiver Oriental for best original concept for a fragrance distributed through a "limited number of doors," and Hugo Boss’ Boss in Motion for best men’s bottle. Yves Saint Laurent Parfums’ Opium and Paco Rabanne’s Paco Rabanne Pour Homme each picked up awards for best advertising for classic fragrances.
RETIRING FROM IFF: Julian Boyden, executive vice president at International Flavors & Fragrances, will retire on Monday after 35 years in the flavors and fragrances industry. Boyden, former president and ceo of Bush Boake Allen, joined IFF when the latter acquired BBA in 2000. Additionally, Stephen A. Block, senior vice president, general counsel and secretary, will retire at the end of the year after 11 years with IFF.