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03/02/2015

Beauty's 50 Most Powerful Women via WWD Beauty Inc

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Luck may be a lady, but it's sheer talent that has propelled these women to the top.

Credit: Beauty Inc./WWD © Fairchild Publishing, LLC

Here, from the c-suite titans to the creative geniuses, WWD beauty inc presents our definitive guide to the most powerful women in the U.S. Beauty industry, listed alphabetically.

JEN ATKIN
Hairstylist

With a client list that includes J.Lo, Gwen Stefani, Katy Perry and the Kardashians, this celebrity hairstylist defines the term trendsetter—literally. With the launch of her recent blog, Mane Addicts, Atkin is now bringing her all-star style to the masses.

PAMELA BAXTER
President and Chief Executive Officer

LVMH PERFUMES & COSMETICS AND CHRISTIAN DIOR COUTURE

A veteran of the Estée Lauder Cos., Baxter breathed new life into Dior's beauty business, creating an innovative model for luxury brands in the market and expanding her footprint in both fashion and beauty in the process.

MARLA MALCOLM BECK
Cofounder and Chief Executive Officer

BLUEMERCURY INC.

This Harvard grad decided to put her passion for beauty products to work; over the last 15 years, she transformed Bluemercury from a single store in Washington, D.C., into a 50-unit chain that epitomizes niche beauty retailing. Macy's Inc. was so impressed they just bought it for $210 million—in cash.

LESLIE BLODGETT
Executive Chairman

BARE ESCENTUALS

She's back! After selling Bare Escentuals to Shiseido and taking a two-year hiatus from the brand, Blodgett has reinvented her role, both within the company and outside it. Not only is she beauty's most successful sounding board, she's also placed herself at the epicenter of where Silicon Valley meets Indie beauty and beyond.

JULIE BORNSTEIN
Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing and Digital Officer

SEPHORA USA INC.

The most plugged-in woman in beauty, Bornstein quadrupled Sephora's e-commerce business as head of digital and was rewarded with oversight of all of the retailer's marketing activities—online and off.

GINA BOSWELL
Executive Vice President, Personal Care, North America

UNILEVER

Boswell has helped transform Unilever from a consumer packaged goods giant into a bona fide beauty company, with powerhouse hair- and skin-care brands that are gobbling up market share in the supercompetitive mass environment.

THIA BREEN
Group President, North America

THE ESTÉE LAUDER COS.

The straight-talking, no-nonsense Breen has parlayed her retail roots into razor-sharp oversight of the North American market, which accounts for more than a third of Lauder's $10 billion-plus in annual sales. Her impact on the U.S. market has only increased with her recent appointment as chair of the Personal Care Products Council.

BOBBI BROWN
Founder and Chief Creative Officer

BOBBI BROWN
Editor-in-Chief

YAHOO BEAUTY

Pretty Powerful is not just her signature product platform. It's also the perfect descriptor for Brown's ever-growing influence in beauty, which now includes her product line, a video recording studio, a library shelf of books and her role as editor-in-chief of Yahoo's beauty channel.

SHANNON CURTIN
Group Vice President and General Merchandise Manager, Beauty and Personal Care

WALGREENS BOOTS ALLIANCE

The numbers tell the story: Curtin and her team oversee beauty in 8,229 stores as well as 26,000 beauty advisers. But that's not all. Curtin—who got her start at Wal-Mart—most recently oversaw the launch of the Boots product portfolio in the U.S. and the publication of a consumer-oriented beauty magazine.

CHRISTINE DAGOUSSET
Global President, Fragrance and Beauté

CHANEL

First the U.S., now the world. Dagousset solidified Chanel's leading position in luxury beauty Stateside and is now heading up operations globally. Her secret: modernizing the codes of the house with spot-on launches and marketing campaigns while simultaneously reinforcing its historical relevance.

MARY DILLON
Chief Executive Officer

ULTA BEAUTY

With one of the most diverse backgrounds in beauty—she was previously CEO of U.S. Cellular—Dillon has continued to drive Ulta to unprecedented heights, completing the company's most ambitious store opening program in its history to bring its total to 765 by year-end 2014.

KAREN FONDU
President

L'ORÉAL PARIS

A 30-plus-year L'Oréal veteran, Fondu established her brand's positioning as a leader across categories with a series of blockbuster launches and a first-to-market approach when it comes to embracing new and emerging technologies.

MAREN GIULIANO
Executive Global Whole Body Coordinator

WHOLE FOODS MARKET

As the person who oversees the entire personal care operation of Whole Foods on a global basis, Giuliano sets the green standard in the natural products arena. Charged with reinventing the retailer's approach to beauty, Giuliano has seen sales blossom.

MURIEL GONZALEZ
Executive Vice President, Omni General Merchandise Manager, Cosmetics, Fragrances and Shoes

MACY'S INC.

Saks, Bloomingdale's, Bergdorf's, Lauder and now Macy's: Gonzalez's experience spans the industry. Now she's overseeing the entire beauty universe of Macy's, both online and off, and the power of her pen is unrivaled.

ANN GOTTLIEB
Founder

ANN GOTTLIEB ASSOCIATES

From fine fragrances to fabric care and everything in between, Gottlieb is the nose-to-know big brands call when they want to create a best-selling scent.

KAREN GRANT
Senior Global Beauty Industry Analyst

THE NPD GROUP INC.

The go-to resource for quantitative and qualitative analysis of the prestige beauty industry, Grant has developed a sixth sense for what sells—and what sits on shelves. Ceo's have her on speed dial.

LYNNE GREENE
Group President

THE ESTÉE LAUDER COS.

Greene's ability to recognize and capitalize on white space in the market helped propel Clinique to a top spot in the prestige market and the executive to a leading position at Lauder, where she oversees five brands.

MINDY GROSSMAN
Chief Executive Officer and Director

HSN INC.

A retail veteran with stints at Ralph Lauren and Nike, Grossman has brought her trademark sense of style and smarts to HSN with an innovative omnichannel approach that has attracted some of the biggest names in beauty.

CAROL HAMILTON
President

L'ORÉAL LUXE U.S.A.

Hamilton may have spent 24 years in the mass market, but her deft understanding of the dynamics of selective distribution has helped L'Oréal's prestige brands in the U.S. outpace growth in the overall market.

CHRISTINA HENNINGTON
Senior Vice President, Health and Beauty

TARGET CORP.

Call her the (masstige) market maker: Over the past five years, the Target veteran has been elevating the mass retailer's approach to beauty, adding upscale brands across myriad categories and creating innovative programs such as the beauty concierge platform.

VENETTE HO
Managing Director

FINANCO

Investment banker Ho headed to the Bloomingdale's executive training program after grad school, but soon switched tracks to finance. That retail interlude has served her well as an investment banker responsible for deals like TPG Growth's acquisition of E.l.f. Cosmetics and Inter Parfums' licensing agreement with Abercrombie & Fitch.

JANE HERTZMARK HUDIS
Global Brand President

ESTÉE LAUDER

Hudis has adroitly combined a deep understanding of brand heritage with an arsenal of innovative ideas to reimagine one of beauty's most storied brands for 21st-century consumers.

IMAN
Founder and Chief Executive Officer

IMAN COSMETICS, SKINCARE AND FRAGRANCES

Is there anything Iman can't do? From supermodel to entrepreneur extraordinaire, she continues to build her multicultural beauty empire. Next up, a cosmetics line from makeup artist and America's Next Top Model star Jay Manuel launching on HSN in March.

INGRID JACKEL
President

PHYSICIANS FORMULA

With a powerful one-two punch—she combines one of the most creative product-development minds in the business with an equally astute ability to crunch numbers—Jackel has transformed Physicians Formula from a regional player into a force to be reckoned with.

CARLOTTA JACOBSON
President

COSMETIC EXECUTIVE WOMEN

Over the past 15 years, Jacobson has transformed CEW into an organization, 6,000 members strong, that champions the advancement of women in all areas of beauty—and helps set the agenda that the entire industry follows.

SONIA KASHUK
Founder

SONIA KASHUK BEAUTY

During the makeup artist revolution of the Nineties, Kashuk took a huge gamble by partnering with Target on her eponymous range. Fifteen years later, “masstige” is part of the industry lexicon—and Kashuk's bet has paid off big-time.

KAREN KATZ
President and Chief Executive Officer

NEIMAN MARCUS GROUP

In the ever-evolving world of retail, Katz has shown herself to be an able agent of change, formulating a consumer-centric vision encompassing online and off that has kept the $4.8 billion bastion of luxury shopping on the cutting edge of commerce.

R. ALEXANDRA KEITH
President, Global Skin and Personal Care

THE PROCTER & GAMBLE CO.

From reinvigorating Old Spice to launching Tide Pods (how did we ever live without them?), Keith's P&G career has been a series of big wins. Now she tackles perhaps her toughest assignment yet—to get the skin-care business, particularly marquee brand Olay, back on track.

LYN KIRBY
Chief Executive Officer

BEAUTY BRANDS

After achieving the seemingly impossible by transforming Ulta into a power retailer in the prestige space, Kirby is back, looking to work her magic once again with Beauty Brands, at a time when the industry is eager to embrace new formats.

JANE LAUDER
Global Brand President

CLINIQUE

Not one to rest on her last name, Jane Lauder has steadily risen through the ranks of the family business. Many see her latest position, overseeing its marquee brand, as a clear stepping-stone to the ceo spot.

WENDY LIEBMANN
Founder, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Shopper

WSL STRATEGIC RETAIL

Shopping is serious business for Liebmann, who's the best in the business when it comes to analyzing where consumers spend their money—and why. Her How America Shops reports are a must-read for retailers and marketers alike.

JAMIE KERN LIMA
Cofounder and Chief Executive Officer

IT COSMETICS

Lima turned a personal skin-care ssue—rosacea—into a problem solution powerhouse line that is currently the top-selling makeup brand on QVC and a leader at Ulta with estimated global retail sales of $250 million.

GEMMA LIONELLO
Executive Vice President and General Merchandise Manager, Cosmetics

NORDSTROM INC.

Lionello joined Nordstrom in 1988 as a counter manager in the cosmetics department and has steadily risen through management ranks. After her region posted the highest year-over-year same-stores sales growth in the company, she was promoted to her recent position, where she oversaw the development of a dynamic new concept for the cosmetics department.

HEIDI MANHEIMER
Chief Executive Officer

SHISEIDO COSMETICS AMERICA

As Shiseido's first female ceo, Manheimer has ably transformed herself from a senior retail executive into one of beauty's shrewdest brand stewards. As global ceo Masahiko Uotani looks to transform Shiseido's global operations, expect Manheimer's influence to increase accordingly.

JOSIE MARAN
Founder and Chief Empowerment Officer

JOSIE MARAN COSMETICS

Maran may have found fame as a supermodel, but she's proved herself to be a true force of nature as an eco-conscious entrepreneur whose namesake brand has reached $100 million in retail sales and kicked off the argan oil craze.

SHERI MCCOY
Chief Executive Officer

AVON PRODUCTS INC.

Two years after being tapped to lead Avon's turnaround, McCoy continues to build the strategic framework that will return the company to growth. And while the process has undeniably been arduous, industry watchers agree McCoy is making slow but steady progress.

CAMILLE MCDONALD
President, Brand Development and Merchandising

BATH & BODY WORKS

The prestige fragrance industry may be struggling, but not at BBW, where McDonald has reinvigorated her business with a diverse lineup of products like scented antibacterial hand products, accessible fine fragrances and body care with a wide array of benefits.

MARIGAY MCKEE
President

SAKS FIFTH AVENUE

Over the last decade, McKee helped transform Harrods into one of the world's foremost luxury shopping experiences. Hired by Richard Baker in 2013 to effect the same transformation at Saks Fifth Avenue, she's ready to reinvent the U.S. department store—starting with beauty first.

KELLY MCPHILLIAMY
Managing Director

WELLS FARGO SECURITIES

From initial public offerings (Coty and Ulta Beauty, to name two) to acquisitions (Target buying Dermstore.com), investment banker McPhilliamy has developed a keen grasp of the industry. Her latest big-deal deal: selling red-hot retailer Beauty Brands to a private equity group including Lyn Kirby.

HADLEY MULLIN
Senior Managing Director

TSG CONSUMER PARTNERS

A key player in one of the most active private equity firms in beauty, Mullin has a spot-on ability to recognize emerging brands and has been involved in some of the biggest beauty deals of the decade, including Smashbox's sale to Lauder and the Alterna, Kenra and Sexy Hair deals with Henkel.

JANE PARK
Founder and Chief Executive Officer

JULEP

A darling of venture capitalists, the self-described “social beauty maven” has raised more than $60 million to fund Julep; Park's concept of crowd-sourced innovation has proved equally popular with consumers.

CLAUDIA POCCIA

Poccia got her start behind the counter, and her steady rise through the executive ranks reflects her thorough knowledge of what consumers want. Everyone is waiting to see what this influential veteran of Lauder, Avon and Gurwitch Products does next.

LISA PRICE
Founder and Creative Director

CAROL'S DAUGHTER

From humble surroundings in her Brooklyn kitchen, Price has built a multicultural beauty empire that has attracted not just millions of consumers but the attention of the world's biggest beauty company as well—L'Oréal—which acquired her brand in October.

MARIA RENZ
Chief Executive Officer

QUIDSI INC.

As head of the Amazon.com subsidiary Quidsi, whose sites include beautybar.com and soap.com, Renz is at the center of the digital commerce revolution.

JILL SCALAMANDRE
Chief Marketing Officer, Skin Care

COTY
Senior Vice President

PHILOSOPHY

When it comes to skin care, Scalamandre is a masterful turnaround specialist. Her latest assignment: Reinvigorate the Philosophy brand and identify opportunities in the supercompetitive skin-care market for Coty as it looks to expand its operations beyond its core competencies.

ALICIA SONTAG
Global President, Beauty

JOHNSON & JOHNSON

An alum of Harvard Business School, McKinsey and Lauder, Sontag combines the business credentials J&J prizes with the beauty acumen necessary to drive its skin-, sun- and hair-care businesses to new heights.

CHARLOTTE TILBURY
Makeup Artist and Founder

CHARLOTTE TILBURY BEAUTY INC.

From her buzzy new product line to her all-star roster of red-carpet and runway clients, Tilbury is the most connected makeup artist of the moment. Does anyone work their Instagram feed more effectively?

TRACEY T. TRAVIS
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

THE ESTÉE LAUDER COS.

Wooed away from Ralph Lauren, where she was senior vice president and chief financial officer, Travis oversees everything from global finance to new business development at Lauder; she is frequently cited as one of the top 25 women in finance.

KAREN BUGLISI WEILER
Global Brand President

MAC COSMETICS

Buglisi Weiler's beginnings selling behind the counter are evident in the consummate connection MAC has forged with consumers and makeup artists alike, propelling the brand to more than $3 billion in annual sales. Catch her if you can.

WENDE ZOMNIR
Founding Partner and Chief Creative Officer

URBAN DECAY

Zomnir has perfected the art of the Indie chick, but it's her brand's more sedate offerings, like the cultish Naked palettes, that have her rebel consumers yelling, “More, more, more!”

19 of Beauty's Most Powerful Women Are Active on Instagram

13 Have an M.B.A.

18 Have Received CEW Achiever Awards

13 Have Worked at the Estée Lauder Cos. During Their Career

2 Have Been Named to Forbes ' World's 100 Most Powerful Women List

4 Write Their Own Beauty Blogs

15 Are Members of the CEW Board

2 Previously Worked for Starbucks

3 Have Written Books

1 Was Appointed to the Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiation by President Obama

2 Have Won Beauty Pageants

ABOUT TSG CONSUMER PARTNERS LLC

TSG Consumer Partners, LLC is a leading investment firm with
approximately $5 billion of assets under management, focused
exclusively on the branded consumer sector. Since its founding
in 1987, TSG has been an active investor in the food, beverage,
restaurant, beauty, personal care, household and apparel & accessories,
and e-commerce sectors. Representative past and present partner
companies include Duckhorn Wine Company, vitaminwater, thinkThin,
popchips, Muscle Milk, Yard House, Stumptown, Pabst, Planet Fitness,
REVOLVE, PAIGE, Smashbox Cosmetics, Pureology, Sexy Hair, e.l.f. Cosmetics
and IT Cosmetics.

CONTACT

Meghan Gavigan / Dan Goldstein
Sard Verbinnen & Co

Meghan Gavigan - 212.687.8080

Dan Goldstein - 310.201.2040

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