MILAN — Italian cosmetics manufacturer Collistar announced the appointment of Marcio Dos Santos as its new international business development director on Wednesday. Dos Santos succeeds Paolo Bevegni, who was Collistar’s international director for 10 years and exited the company at the end of 2016.
Dos Santos has 30 years of experience as a commercial director in the beauty industry. He started his career in Brazil at Unilever and then moved to Italy. His professional roles here included European export manager for Trussardi Parfums, worldwide export manager for Euroitalia and an 11-year experience as worldwide export director for Versace Profumi. Before joining Collistar, Dos Santos was also worldwide export director at the Italian fragrance company ITF for nine years.
In his new role, Dos Santos will be answering directly to Collistar’s chief executive officer Daniela Sacerdote. “I’m sure Dos Santos will be able to successfully continue the company’s path of internationalization,” said Sacerdote, underscoring how the goal is to “strengthen our presence abroad, in key markets,” in addition to developing new ones.
In 2016, Collistar totaled sales of 200 million euros, or $217.2 at current exchange, and remained Italy’s top-selling prestige brand for the 14th consecutive year, according to the NPD market research firm’s data. Italy accounted for 69 percent of its revenues in value, while Russia, the Netherlands and Spain were its largest export zones last year.
Collistar has been owned by the Bolton Group, based in Italy, since 1993.
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