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BLOOM SUCCEEDS GREEN: Rochelle Bloom, former president of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics and a 26-year veteran of The Estée Lauder Cos., was appointed president of the Fragrance Foundation on Monday night, while Bloom’s predecessor, Annette Green, was named the third member of the Fragrance Foundation’s Circle of Champions. Green officially retires at the end of the year and Bloom starts Jan. 1.
CHARM SCHOOL: BeneFit Cosmetics took over Henri Bendel’s beauty floor this week to promote Glamourette, it’s new color cosmetics assortment, while purveying etiquette, such as: “don’t apply makeup in public.” The theme of the irreverent event, which ends Saturday, is “makeup and manners.” While neither BeneFit nor Bendel’s executives would discuss sales figures, sources project the total take could reach $75,000.
GLOBAL VISION: The merger of Dragoco and Haarmann & Reimer has spawned a global fine fragrances division with Roger Schmid as president. Schmid will report to Tim Schaffner, president of fragrance and cosmetics worldwide. A team of executives will report to Schmid, including Veronique Gabai, who will head to the North American market; Olivier Perrard, who will head Europe, Africa and the Mideast; Isabelle Vacheret in global marketing; Tony Cannone in global strategic planning; Elizabeth Carre in global project management, and Maurice Roucel in global perfumery.
TWO-FOR-THREE: Parfums Givenchy Inc. has appointed two vice presidents to handle its three designer fragrance businesses. Marianne Darlak, formerly vice president of naturals at Bath & Body Works, has been appointed vice president of marketing for Marc Jacobs and Michael Kors fragrances at the LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton division’s two-year-old American Designer Fragrances unit. Additionally, Carlos Timiraos, formerly vice president of health and beauty at the Home Shopping Network, has joined American Designer Fragrances as vice president of marketing for Kenneth Cole fragrances.
LANCOME MOVES: Marie Cesbron has been promoted to assistant vice president of makeup marketing at Lancôme.
EU ANIMAL TESTING: The European Union is closer to banning the testing of cosmetics on animals. In a marathon meeting that ended Thursday, the European Council and the European Parliament agreed that testing cosmetics goods on animals and the sale of such products within the European Union should be banned. The two bodies now must vote on the measure which, if adopted, would ban cosmetics tested on animals where alternative testing methods are available six years after the directive comes into force.
FACTS & FIGURES: Marionnaud Parfumeries reported that its first-half pretax consolidated sales were up 31 percent year-on-year to $416.3 million. Dollar figures have been converted from the euro at current exchange rates. The perfumery chain’s pretax profit weighed in at $21.5 million in the period, up 79 percent year-on-year, the company said in a statement. Net profit rose by 46.5 percent to $12.5 million in the period. The group’s third-quarter sales were up 10.1 percent over the same period in 2001 on a like-for-like basis. Also, Marionnaud has snapped up Paris’ four-door Rayon D’Or perfumery chain. The stores, which generate $14.8 million annually, will be fully acquired in January.
BATTEUR UP: Groupe Batteur, a cosmetics and pharmaceuticals firm based in Caen, France, has launched a beauty operation in the U.S. headed by Anna Lempereur. Plans call for the spring launch of two product lines in the U.S. – six to eight sku’s for retail stores and 17 products for spas. Both lines will fall under an existing Batteur brand called Algotherm.
A FINE JOB: Cover Girl has enlarged and specialized its makeup artist team by appointing Sam Fine, who will be the company’s first makeup artist exclusively devoted to consulting African-American customers according to parent Procter & Gamble.