Paul Austin

NEW YORK — Paul Austin has been named vice president and general manager of Quest’s U.S. fine fragrances business.<BR><BR>Austin assumes the role from Demi Thoman, president of Quest Fragrances North America, who has been acting general...

NEW YORK — Paul Austin has been named vice president and general manager of Quest’s U.S. fine fragrances business.

Austin assumes the role from Demi Thoman, president of Quest Fragrances North America, who has been acting general manager of the firm for the past three years, taking over from former general manager Herb Kelhoffer after his brain surgery. In his new role, Austin will report to Thoman.

Quest’s fine fragrances sales, marketing, evaluation and development groups in the U.S. will now report to Austin.

Austin, an Australian native, joined Quest International in 1990. He held positions in the U.K., Amsterdam and Paris before moving to the U.S. in 1994 to assist in the opening of Quest’s New York Fine Fragrance Creative Center. Most recently, Austin was vice president of fine fragrances for Quest.

“Paul has played a pivotal role in establishing Quest as a major force in the fine fragrance category, and I am convinced that he is the best candidate to lead the organization through a rapidly changing market landscape,” said Thoman in a statement.

“This is an exciting time to be in the fragrance industry, and I am determined that Quest will be at the forefront of the changing landscape as it unfolds,” Austin declared.

— Julie Naughton

This story first appeared in the October 15, 2004 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.