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WWD Beauty CEO Summit

A crowd of 230 beauty industry leaders gathered for three days of intense discussion and expert analysis aimed at inspiring a renaissance of the global business.

Fabrizio Freda, president and chief executive officer of the Estée Lauder Cos. Inc., kicked off the WWD Beauty CEO Summit, with a history lesson rooted in the title of the conference itself: A Fresh Start.

One of the most highly anticipated presentations at the summit was a panel discussion on digital marketing led by Virginia C. Drosos, president of global beauty of P&G Beauty & Grooming.

Shirley, who is the vice chair of beauty and grooming at Procter & Gamble Co., sounded a clarion call for the industry to work together.

Mike Bloom, EVP of merchandising and supply chain, introduced the audience to the retailer’s upscale beauty concept called Beauty 360.

Joe Magnacca, senior vice president and chief merchandising officer at Duane Reade, outlines the company’s effort to elevate the mass market beauty experience.

The continually challenging economy has forced even the largest merchants to rethink their strategies — and, for Macy’s, that includes a new beauty concept called Impulse Beauty.

The country is a burgeoning beauty mecca, according to François-Xavier Fenart, president and chief executive officer of L’Oréal Brazil.

The performer is set to turn the traditional fragrance distribution model on its ear this summer with her first fragrance, My Life.

Carmen Bauza issued a challenge to beauty and retail executives: Unshackle their companies from an antiquated business model to drive growth and transform the industry.

Marcia Kilgore — the beauty guru who has developed everything from face cream to fragrance to footwear — is rooting for the little guy with the big idea.

Rive Gauche is the second-largest perfumery chain in Russia, with 118 stores. But that ranking will not last forever if the irrepressible Corinne Jacques, the company’s vice president, has anything to say about it.

Philip Shearer, chief executive officer of the Paris-based Clarins Group, took an even-handed view in pointing out some industry strengths while highlighting lapses.

Beauty industry leaders discuss the state of business at the CEO Summit in Palm Beach.

Firmenich vice president Armand de Villoutreys encouraged sharing of information and ideas in the fragrance category.

Chris Sanderson, strategy and insight director of The Future Laboratory, talked about the challenges facing brands looking to connect with their clientele.

During a lively presentation in which he raised just as many questions as he answered, Underhill explored problems in beauty retail.


Yes To Inc. co-founder Ido Leffler shared his belief in the power of positivity, and how using social media helped build a buzz around the brand.


Madonna Badger, founder of Badger and Winters Group, and Jodi Kahn, executive vice president of iVillage Networks advised innovation through empathy.

The commercial director for Bosco di Ciliegi Group has high hopes for the future of Russian beauty and luxury retail.

Karen Grant discussed the elements she considers most important for beauty firms to be successful.

Lyn Kirby discussed issues impacting beauty, including opportunities to boost fragrance sales, and the importance of making an emotional connection with consumers.

Cutting-edge products like “breathable” nail polish and a vertically integrated operation have helped to fuel the Polish company’s impressive expansion.

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