SOTHYS’ U.S. APPOINTMENT: Sothys, the Paris-based professional skin care and cosmetics marketer, has named Francois Requier general director of its Miami-based affiliate, Sothys U.S.A. Requier, a 15-year veteran of Sothys, will oversee all sales and marketing in his post, a new position at the company. Previously, all Sothys U.S.A. operations were handled by Christian Garces, who, after 24 years with the firm, will remain as president of Sothys U.S.A. with reduced responsibilities. Under Garces’ leadership, Sothys’ U.S. business reached annual sales of approximately $10 million, according to the company. Requier was most recently commercial manager of Sothys’ manufacturing headquarters in Brive, France.
FRAGRANCE FOUNDATION MOVES: Six new directors have joined the board of The Fragrance Foundation, marking the first time in the organization’s history that retailers have been represented. The new members are: Pamela Baxter, president and chief executive officer of the Perfumes & Cosmetics Group of LVMH in the U.S.; Kevin Boyce, president and ceo of Unilever Cosmetics International; Thia Breen, senior vice president of cosmetics for the Federated Merchandising Division; Dale Crichton, executive vice president and corporate merchandise manager of cosmetics and fragrance for Nordstrom; Cosimo Policastro, executive vice president of fine fragrances, and Art J. Spiro, president of Liz Claiborne Cosmetics.
JUST PEACHY: BeneFit Cosmetics is following up the successful introduction of Dandelion, a pink face powder it launched a year ago, with Georgia, a peach powder said to also benefit the complexion. Dandelion, a single stockkeeping unit, racked up retail sales of $8.3 million during its first 12 months on the market, according to industry sources. Georgia is slated to be launched at Sephora next month, then to be rolled out to BeneFit’s full distribution of 350 doors in April.
DONE DEAL: Wella AG and Procter & Gamble International Operations yesterday agreed on a worldwide licensing deal for P&G to market and sell Wella consumer products. The contract will be implemented on a country-by-country basis and has a fixed term ending on Dec. 31, 2008. The license agreement ensures that building up the critical mass of Wella’s Darmstadt, Germany-based consumer business is reached.
BOOTS BOARD NAMES PARKER: Boots Group plc has appointed a new nonexecutive director, following about 900 job cuts from its Nottingham, England head office last week, as reported. Tim Parker, currently chief executive officer of the Kwik-Fit auto-services chain, is credited with having resurrected the fortunes of footwear manufacturer C&J Clark Ltd., increasing their profits by more than 150 percent in his five years as ceo there. A boots spokesman said the appointment of Parker was not a specific part of the Getting in Shape cost-saving program, which includes price slashing and longer opening hours, as well as the job cuts.