NEW YORK — There will be a lot of introductions going on at the National Association of Chain Drug Stores Annual Meeting. The event, to be held at The Breakers in Palm Beach, Fla., starts this weekend and runs through Thursday.
Since last year’s gathering in Scottsdale, Ariz., many new faces have joined the mass beauty industry, including a new leadership team at Revlon, with president and chief executive officer Jack Stahl and Revlon brand global executive vice president Debra Leipman-Yale.
L’Oreal will introduce Jean-Paul Agon, president of L’Oreal USA, to the market at its party on Sunday night. Former Maybelline president John Wendt will be talking about his new L’Oreal post as executive vice president corporate and public affairs. And Candace Matthews, previously with Coca-Cola, is now president of Soft Sheen-Carson.
John Galantic took over as president of Coty Beauty, with Eric Thoreux moving up to president of Coty Beauty Americas responsible for North America and Latin America. Brian McNally, formerly of Revlon, has joined Del as a senior vice president. Beiersdorf has a new vice president of sales, Bob Thomas. Another new title holder is Robert Matteucci, the new president of the global color, professional products division at Procter & Gamble. Chris Bodine is now executive vice president of marketing and merchandising at CVS, which gives him oversight of the beauty department. Helena Foulkes, formerly vice president, marketing at CVS, is now senior vice president of marketing and advertising. Bruce Schwaille went from Duane Reade to Longs as senior vice president of pharmacy and business development. Todd Vasos, formerly with Phar-Mor, has become senior vice president of marketing at Longs. Stephen Roath, who announced his retirement from Longs in February, has been succeeded by interim president and chief executive Harold Somerset.
Jim Adamson, the new chairman and ceo of Kmart, makes a return from his days at Revco. Shan Kumar has joined Albertson’s as vice president of category marketing and planning. And Mary Sammons of Rite Aid won’t be the only highly placed female retail executive — A&P named Elizabeth Culligan as president and chief operating office in March.

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