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NEW YORK — Coty’s top management is evidently a package deal.

This story first appeared in the March 14, 2003 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

The company’s top brass —?from chairman Peter Harf to chief executive officer Bernd Beetz to John Galantic, president, U.S. beauty — turned out in force to support Coty Beauty’s president of the Americas, Eric Thoreux, who was the honoree at Pratt Institute/Luxe Pack Monaco’s 14th annual Art of Packaging dinner Wednesday night. Held at the University Club and hosted by model Carol Alt, the dinner, which drew 350 people, hauled in a record $225,000 for the Marc Rosen Scholarship for Graduate Package Design at Pratt Institute.

“You are honoring a dear friend, a man who has helped to shape the company in the past 10 years,” said Harf as he and Pierre-Yves Maisonneuve, president of Luxe Pack Monaco, presented Thoreux with the award. “Eric is a true visionary.”

In turn, Thoreux credited his team: “The reason I am standing here tonight is thanks to the talented people I work with every day at Coty,” he said. “This award is their award.”

In addition to his longtime career as a packaging designer, Rosen is a professor and trustee at Pratt Institute and has taught graduate-level courses there for about 20 years. The scholarship fund’s grand total has now topped $600,000, noted Thomas F. Schutte, president of Pratt Institute, adding that more than 80 percent of the school’s students are on scholarship. Schutte announced at the dinner that Rosen is being given an honorary doctorate by the school this year.

“Finally, a nice Jewish boy like me is becoming a doctor,” Rosen cracked.

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