MOVING ON UP: Rita Burke Mangan has been named senior vice president of cosmetics at the New York-based Federated Merchandising division of Federated Department Stores.
Mangan, who has headed the beauty department at Macy’s East for several years, will begin in the new position Feb. 6. She will be responsible for cosmetics and fragrances at Federated’s department and specialty store chains: Bloomingdale’s, The Bon Marche, Bullock’s, Burdines, Goldsmith’s, Lazarus, Macy’s and Rich’s.
Michelle Williams, Federated’s divisional vice president, will report to Mangan.
“Michelle and I are good friends, and I’m looking forward to working with her,” said Mangan.
No successor has been named at Macy’s East.
Mangan joined Macy’s in 1980 as a sales manager, eventually becoming senior vice president of cosmetics, a position she had held since 1992.
GERMANY’S HIT LIST: While a group of retailers revealed its fragrance bestsellers Tuesday in New York (see page 10), the Profumerie Douglas chain, which is based in Wiesbaden, Germany, posted its own top 10 lists for 1995.
In the women’s category, the top fragrance brand was Lancome’s Tresor, followed by Laura Biagiotti’s Laura, Christian Dior’s Dune, Calvin Klein’s Eternity, Biagiotti’s Roma, Karl Lagerfeld’s Sun Moon Stars, Chopard’s Casmir, Cerruti’s 1881 Femme, Klein’s CK One and Dior’s Dolce Vita.
On the men’s side, the winner was Davidoff Cool Water, followed by Biagiotti’s Roma Uomo, Eternity for Men, Havana from Aramis, Elements from Hugo Boss, Dior’s Fahrenheit, Joop Homme, CK One, Chopard’s Heaven and Hugo from Hugo Boss.
SPENDING SPREE: L’Oreal SA has bought an additional 35 percent stake in Israel’s Interbeauty, bringing its holding in the cosmetics distributor to 65.5 percent. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. In a statement, L’Oreal said the remainder of Interbeauty is held by private investors in Israel. The company noted that “In addition, L’Oreal foresees reinforcing soon its financial engagement in Interbeauty in order to finance upcoming investments.”
In 1994, in the midst of accusations that the company was cooperating with the Arab League boycott of Israel, L’Oreal purchased its initial 30 percent stake in Interbeauty, which markets all of the French firm’s products in Israel with the exception of professional hair care products. Last year, Interbeauty posted sales of more than 90 million shekels, or about 150 million francs.