Philip Shearer and his wife, Alix.

NEW YORK — The Skin Cancer Foundation marked its 25th anniversary this week by conferring its Skin Sense Awards upon Philip Shearer, group president of Estée Lauder Cos., and Timothy Rothwell, president and chief executive officer of North...

NEW YORK — The Skin Cancer Foundation marked its 25th anniversary this week by conferring its Skin Sense Awards upon Philip Shearer, group president of Estée Lauder Cos., and Timothy Rothwell, president and chief executive officer of North America at Sanofi-Aventis.

In the process, $725,000 was raised during the foundation’s annual dinner at the Pierre Hotel.

Dr. Perry Robins, foundation president, set the tone of the evening by pointing out that “more than half the cancers reported in the past year were skin cancers.” He added that one of the most common cancers reported among young women is malignant melanoma. The best defense, he said, lies in education and prevention: “Hale the Pale, and Ban the Tan.”

Shearer, who oversees Clinique, was introduced by Jack Kliger, president and ceo of Hachette Filipacchi Media U.S. Kliger quickly brought up Shearer’s love of racing cars. “He is passionate about speed — the kind you drive,” he said, noting that Shearer’s father taught him how to drive at age 10 on the dusty roads of his native Morocco. This mania culminated in Shearer winning the North American Ferrari Challenge in 2001.

Shearer, who thanked everyone, including his boss, ceo William Lauder, asserted that Clinique has been one of the industry leaders in sun protection. In the Seventies, the division of Estée Lauder launched City Block, a product designed to provide everyday protection.

Rothwell was not able to attend the dinner. His award was accepted by Joseph Belzer, president of Dermik Laboratories.

— Pete Born

This story first appeared in the October 22, 2004 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.