Gilles Dougoud Named GM At Parfums Christian Dior
NEW YORK — Gilles Dougoud, who has been with LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton since 1994, has been named general manager of its Parfums Christian Dior France unit, beginning Sept. 5. Dougoud is succeeding Philippe Sode, who became international director of sister company Guerlain on June 1.
For the past two-and-a-half years, Dougoud has been general manager of the U.S. businesses of Givenchy and Guerlain, as well as Givenchy’s Canadian division.
In announcing Dougoud’s appointment, Pamela Baxter, president and chief executive officer of LVMH Perfumes and Cosmetics, credited him with playing a major role in guiding the progress of the Givenchy and Guerlain franchises, which were welded into a single U.S. business unit.
“Gilles Dougoud has been instrumental in the stabilization of the department store fragrance business,” she said Tuesday. “He has maintained a top 15 ranking for Very Irresistible Givenchy and contributed to rapid double-digit growth for the beauty business in Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue and Bergdorf Goodman. Gilles’ latest accomplishment has been the success of the new Very Irresistible Givenchy For Men, ranking top 10 in all launch accounts,” Baxter said.
In his new position in Paris, he will report to Bruno Angibeau, European president of Dior. Dougoud said on Tuesday that he is excited about the prospect of managing what he described as a dominant brand in Europe and the market-leader in France.
Before moving to the U.S., Dougoud led the affiliate of Parfums Givenchy in the U.K. and Ireland. Prior to joining LVMH 11 years ago, Dougoud had worked for 10 years in a succession of European sales and marketing positions for Procter & Gamble.
— Pete Born
MAC Cosmetics Sues MicroDental
NEW YORK — The Estée Lauder Cos. and Make-up Art Cosmetics Inc., also known as MAC, filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against MicroDental Laboratories and its Micro Advanced Cosmetics division over its use of the alleged infringing “MAC” mark on dental products and services.
Included in the complaint, filed in a Manhattan federal district court on Monday, were allegations of trademark infringement, unfair competition, false description and false designation of origin and deceptive trade practices.
MicroDental Laboratories did not return calls for comment by press time.
“We have taken the extraordinary step of filing a lawsuit against MicroDental Laboratories and its division Micro Advanced Cosmetics, which is using our MAC trademark to promote its cosmetic dentistry services and to market its MAC Veneers product,” stated John Demsey, MAC’s chairman, in a statement. “This action is necessary to protect our valuable MAC trademark. MAC is one of the most respected names in the beauty industry with professional credibility and fashion-forward positioning. We cannot allow others to exploit our mark, to benefit from the enormous value of our brand and to create confusion among our consumers.”
Estée Lauder and MAC asked for temporary, preliminary and permanent injunctions against MicroDental’s use of the alleged infringing “MAC” or “M.A.C.” mark and against applications by the company to register or maintain the trademark in the U.S. Patent and Trademark office, according to court papers. The complaint also asked for unspecified monetary damages.
— Liza Casabona
L’Oréal Buys Delial From Sara Lee
PARIS — L’Oréal has acquired Delial, a sun care brand, from Sara Lee International, the French beauty giant said Tuesday.
Comprising sun care products including protection lotions and after-sun and self-tanning items, Delial rang up sales of approximately 20 million euros, or $26.1 million at average exchange, in 2004, L’Oréal stated. Delial, founded 70 years ago, has a strong footing in Europe and a top-three positioning in Spain, the statement said.
“The acquisition of this brand means that L’Oréal will reinforce its position in the European solar protection market, especially in southern Europe,” stated Patrick Rabain, chief executive and vice president of L’Oréal’s consumer products division. “The Delial range will join our Garnier portfolio and will benefit from solar filter technologies developed in the group’s laboratories.”
Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
It’s the second beauty divestiture for Sara Lee within the last three weeks. Tupperware said Aug. 10 it agreed to buy Sara Lee’s direct-selling business, an operation that includes 900,000 independent sales consultants who market cosmetics, skin care items, fragrances, toiletries and clothing in 18 countries, for $557 million in cash, a deal expected to close during the fourth quarter.
Quest Names Parize Group VP
NEW YORK — Isabelle Parize will join fragrance supplier Quest International on Sept. 1 as group vice president of fragrances, succeeding Jean-Pierre Houri, who retired last year. Parize, who will report to Quest’s chairman and chief executive, Charles Knott, also will join Quest’s board. She will be based at the firm’s worldwide headquarters in the U.K.; Quest is a division of London-based Imperial Chemical Industries Group. Parize was most recently chairman and ceo of Canalsatellite and president of Canal Distribution, which are subsidiaries of Group Canal Plus, a French pay-TV firm.