Personal Care Products Council Announces L’Oréal’s David Greenberg as New Board Chair


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Personal Care Products Council Announces L’Oréal’s David Greenberg as New Board Chair

WASHINGTON—The Personal Care Products Council (PCPC) announced today the election of David Greenberg as its new board chair, effective May 1, 2024. Greenberg, who has served as the CEO of L’Oréal USA and president of the North America Zone since his appointment in February 2022, brings a wealth of experience from his 30-year career in the beauty and personal care industry, marked by numerous achievements and transformative strategies.

“David is a visionary industry leader whose profound understanding of the beauty landscape and his commitment to innovation has driven substantial growth in every role he has held,” said PCPC President & CEO Tom Myers. “His transformative strategies, coupled with a strong focus on consumer-centricity and people development, have been instrumental in his leadership at L’Oréal USA. We are thrilled that in his new Board role he will help us continue to navigate the evolving market dynamics and advocate for the beauty and personal care sector.”

Greenberg has spent more than 30 years at L’Oréal in leadership roles across markets, divisions, brands and functions, including leading the L’Oréal Mexico Consumer Products Division, driving internal transformation as the senior vice president for human resources for L’Oréal USA, and, prior to becoming CEO of the largest subsidiary of the L’Oréal Groupe, leading and driving a major acceleration and business model transformation of the Professional Products Division in U.S. and Canada.  

“I am honored to serve as the board chair for the Personal Care Products Council, an organization that plays a vital role in the advocacy and progression of the beauty and personal care industry,” said Greenberg. “I look forward to working alongside other industry leaders to further foster a landscape of innovation, safety and trust that meets the diverse needs of our consumers worldwide.”

Greenberg’s appointment marks a significant milestone in PCPC’s history, following his long-time vice chairmanship role on the Board of Directors that championed the historical passage of the Modernization of Cosmetics Regulation Act of 2022, and will now shift to promoting the essential role beauty plays in society as a whole. Under his leadership, PCPC will increase its advocacy efforts to promote science-based public policies and promote the industry’s commitment to innovative and sustainable cosmetics and personal care products, further enhancing consumer trust in the safety and quality of the products they use and rely on every day.

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Founded in 1894, the Personal Care Products Council (PCPC) is the voice and advocate for 600 member companies representing the global cosmetics and personal care products industry. PCPC’s members represent approximately 90% of the US beauty industry and are some of the most beloved and trusted brands in beauty and personal care today. As the manufacturers, distributors and suppliers of a diverse range of products millions of consumers rely on every day – from sunscreens, toothpaste and shampoo to moisturizer, makeup and fragrance – PCPC’s member companies are global leaders committed to product safety, quality and innovation.

The Personal Care Products Council Announces Madam C.J. Walker Award for Excellence in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Recipients


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The Personal Care Products Council Announces Madam C.J. Walker Award for Excellence in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Recipients
Beauty Industry Recognizes Michelle Wang Goodridge, Kenvue, and Monique Rodriguez, Mielle Organics, as DEI Champions

CORAL GABLES, FLA. – The Personal Care Products Council (PCPC) is proud to announce its 2024 Madam C.J. Walker Award for Excellence in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) recipients. The Award recognizes individuals in the beauty and personal care products industry who demonstrate an outstanding commitment to DEI through strong leadership and sustained efforts with a focus on workplace culture, program and policies, or through external engagement with consumers and communities. 

Presented last night at the PCPC Annual Meeting 2024 opening reception, the selection committee awarded this distinction to entrepreneur recipient Monique Rodriguez – founder & CEO of Mielle Organics, the fastest growing Black-founded and woman-led, multicultural hair care brand – and to corporate recipient Michelle Wang Goodridge – U.S. president of Brand Growth, Kenvue – in recognition of their dedication to advance DEI.

As a Black-founded business, Mielle Organics aims to empower Black communities economically by inspiring and contributing to future entrepreneurs. More recently, in partnership with P&G, Rodriguez launched Mielle Cares, a non-profit organization that champions the mental health and wellbeing of pre-teens and teenagers by nurturing a positive and resilient mindset to help create a future they can believe in.

“I’m so honored to receive this award. Like Madam C.J. Walker, I also started our company from my kitchen, and as Mielle approaches its 10-year milestone, I am proud to reflect on our accomplishments and know that the historic things we’ve done with Mielle Organics will continue to open the door for other Black women to do the same,” said Rodriguez. “I know I have a bigger purpose, bigger than Mielle, to serve our community and our youth. I stand on the shoulders of Madam C.J. Walker and aim to continue breaking glass ceilings and setting the trajectory for Black female entrepreneurs and business leaders.”

Wang Goodridge is a trailblazer, working diligently to create inclusive work environments for Kenvue employees, and ensuring that through her work, brands are collectively advocating and investing in equitable access to everyday care for all consumers. She is widely recognized as an agent of change and serving as a beacon in the industry.

“Accepting this award is not a reflection of my efforts alone but a celebration of our collective commitment to diversity and inclusion as an industry,” said Wang Goodridge. “We must continue to take bolder steps to address inequities in care, expand access, and foster inclusive environments and solutions that will ultimately lead to better outcomes for individuals and their families. Together, we can build lasting positive change for people and communities around the world.”

The Award honors industry pioneer Madam C.J. Walker who started her hair care business at the turn of the century, during a time when women of color had few rights and little opportunity. The Award is given to individuals in the cosmetics or personal care industry. Nominees are judged on areas of achievement based on predetermined criteria and selected by the Madam Walker Selection Committee.

“Madam C.J. Walker, Elizabeth Arden and Helena Rubinstein were among the women who started this industry when nobody else was paying attention,” said A’Lelia Bundles, event mistress of ceremonies and Madam Walker’s great-great-granddaughter. “And it turns out that this is not just about products, but it is about empowering people. Making women feel confident, but also giving people economic opportunity. And that’s very much what Madam Walker was about.”

“Madam C.J. Walker was a true trailblazer and one of the greatest entrepreneurs in history. She created jobs that helped thousands of women of color achieve financial independence. She is one of the reasons we have people like Monique and Michelle leading the industry today,” said PCPC President & CEO Tom Myers.

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Founded in 1894, the Personal Care Products Council (PCPC) is the voice and advocate for 600 member companies representing the $535.7 billion global cosmetics and personal care products industry. PCPC’s members represent approximately 90% of the U.S. beauty industry and are some of the most beloved and trusted brands in beauty and personal care today. As the manufacturers, distributors and suppliers of a diverse range of products millions of consumers rely on every day – from sunscreens, toothpaste and shampoo to moisturizer, makeup and fragrance – PCPC’s member companies are global leaders committed to product safety, quality and innovation.

For more information on cosmetics and personal care products and their ingredients, please visit www.CosmeticsInfo.org

Beauty and Personal Care Industry Gathers During Annual Meeting to Envision a More Beautiful, Inclusive and Sustainable Future


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Beauty and Personal Care Industry Gathers During Annual Meeting to Envision a More Beautiful, Inclusive and Sustainable Future

CORAL GABLES, FLA. – The Personal Care Products Council (PCPC) brings together industry executives and thought leaders this week for its first in-person Annual Meeting since March 2020, right before the COVID-19 pandemic changed the world. Attendees will reflect on the beauty industry’s past, present and future with a focus on creating a more beautiful, inclusive and sustainable world.

In recognition of the release of PCPC’s Economic & Social Contributions Report 2024, the Meeting program highlights important issues of the day, including environmental impacts and social issues challenging communities across the nation. This year, PCPC is honored to be joined by prominent experts who will provide insights, lead panel discussions and challenge current thinking:

  • Max Bennett, Alby, providing insights on how conversational artificial intelligence (AI) impacts beauty brands and retailers
  • Evan Osnos, The New Yorker, offering a balanced and thorough view of world news and its consequences
  • Elisabeth Anderson, Michigan State University, and Michael Fevola, Ph.D., discussing the complexities of the new value chain
  • Melissa Kopolow, Albright Stonebridge Group, sharing insights on the United Nations Global Treaty on Plastic Pollution
  • Elisabeth Anderson, Michigan State University, demystifying science through storytelling and data-driven best practices
  • Antonio Dias, Jones Day, discussing the intricacies of customer relationships
  • Justin Pierce, Venable, and William Mansfield, Emergent IP Consulting, providing insights on the multifaceted challenges posed by counterfeit goods, knockoffs and infringing products
  • Michael Maslanksy, Maslansky + Partners, highlighting key research insights into the issue of ESG polarization
  • Carol Cone, Carol Cone ON PURPOSE, and Harold Hamana, Knight & Pawn, sharing insights on the power of language in sustainability communications
  • Wade Ackerman, Covington & Burling, discussing the changing regulatory and legislative landscape
  • A panel of cancer patients, professional volunteers, psychosocial oncology specialists and member company representatives highlighting PCPC’s Look Good Feel Better program
  • Jessica O’Connell, Covington & Burling, providing a deep dive into recent developments in advertising and claim substantiation
  • Carlos Berzunza, CASIC; John Chave, Cosmetics Europe; and Darren Praznik, Cosmetics Alliance Canada, discussing critical regulatory issues affecting the global cosmetics industry

The Meeting’s first day concludes with a reception to celebrate the Madam C.J. Walker Award for Excellence in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI). The Award recognizes individuals who demonstrate an outstanding commitment to DEI through strong leadership and sustained efforts with a focus on workplace culture, programs and policies, or through external engagement with consumers and communities. 

“I am honored to lead this year’s Annual Meeting as PCPC’s new president and CEO,” said Tom Myers, PCPC president & CEO. “Our industry enhances people’s wellbeing and contributes positively to our communities and our world. To that end, collaboration, partnerships and best practice sharing will continue to be essential to our industry’s progress in the years to come.”

Barbara Menarguez, PCPC Board of Directors chair and general manager, Fragrance and Beauty, CHANEL, noted: “PCPC’s member companies are in relentless pursuit of excellence through the quality and safety of our products and the integrity of our business practices. We drive change through innovations that positively impact people’s lives and the environment we all share.”

Up for election at the PCPC Board of Directors meeting held at the Annual Meeting are the following:

Freddy Bharucha, president, North America Personal Care and Beauty Operations, Procter & Gamble

Deborah Gibbins, chief operating officer, Mary Kay

David Greenberg, group president, Professional Products Division, N.A., L’Oréal

Mark Loomis, president, North America, The Estée Lauder Companies

Barbara Menarguez, general manager, Fragrance & Beauty, CHANEL

Michelle Wang Goodridge, U.S. president of Brand Growth, Kenvue

To learn more about PCPC’s Annual Meeting 2024, visit the website. Follow Meeting updates in real time on X, formerly Twitter, at @PCPC_News. For more information about cosmetics and personal care products, please visit www.CosmeticsInfo.org.

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Founded in 1894, the Personal Care Products Council (PCPC) is the voice and advocate for 600 member companies representing the $535.7 global cosmetics and personal care products industry. PCPC’s members represent approximately 90% of the U.S. beauty industry and are some of the most beloved and trusted brands in beauty and personal care today. As manufacturers, distributors and suppliers of a diverse range of products millions of consumers rely on every day — from sunscreens, toothpaste and shampoo to moisturizer, makeup and fragrance — PCPC’s member companies are global leaders committed to safety, quality and innovation. 

Personal Care Products Council Appoints Emily Manoso as General Counsel


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Personal Care Products Council Appoints Emily Manoso as General Counsel

WASHINGTON – The Personal Care Products Council (PCPC) announced today Emily Manoso’s appointment as Executive Vice President, Legal & Regulatory Affairs and General Counsel. Manoso has a robust background in cosmetics and personal care products regulatory and legal issues, having previously worked as PCPC’s associate general counsel and staff counsel. More recently, Manoso worked as a trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ).

“We are excited to welcome Emily back to lead our legal team and guide our industry’s legal and regulatory strategies,” said Tom Myers, PCPC’s President & CEO. “Her diverse and extensive expertise will be instrumental in navigating our industry’s complex legal and regulatory landscape, enhancing our support to member companies.”

At DOJ, Manoso advocated for the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services in cases brought under the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act. She started her legal career in private practice and as an assistant district attorney.  

Manoso earned her bachelor’s degree with distinction from the University of Virginia and her J.D. from the George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School. She is a member of the North Carolina State Bar and the District of Columbia Bar. 

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 Founded in 1894, the Personal Care Products Council (PCPC) is the voice and advocate for 600 member companies representing the $529.3 global cosmetics and personal care products industry. PCPC’s members represent approximately 90% of the U.S. beauty industry and are some of the most beloved and trusted brands in beauty and personal care today. As manufacturers, distributors and suppliers of a diverse range of products millions of consumers rely on every day — from sunscreens, toothpaste and shampoo to moisturizer, makeup and fragrance — PCPC’s member companies are global leaders committed to safety, quality and innovation. 

Personal Care Products Council Appoints Thomas F. Myers President and CEO


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Personal Care Products Council Appoints Thomas F. Myers President and CEO

WASHINGTON – The Personal Care Products Council (PCPC) announced today the appointment of Thomas F. Myers as the new president and CEO, effective January 2024. Myers currently serves as PCPC’s Executive Vice President for Legal & Regulatory Affairs and General Counsel.

“Tom’s profound understanding of our industry and exceptional understanding of the legal, regulatory and political landscape uniquely position him to lead PCPC. His vision aligns perfectly with our industry’s innovative spirit, dedication to quality and commitment to safety,” said PCPC Board Chair Barbara Menarguez, general manager of fragrance and beauty at CHANEL.

Myers has been with PCPC since 2010. In his current role, he oversees legal and domestic regulatory issues facing the industry and is intricately involved in the operations of the organization. Before joining PCPC, Myers had a notable legal career working with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and in private practice for international law firms.

Lezlee Westine, who steps down as president and CEO at the end of the year, leaves behind a legacy of growth and success. Since 2009, Westine’s leadership has solidified PCPC’s role as a highly effective advocate for the industry and its commitment to innovation, quality and safety.  Most recently, she led the PCPC team in support of the historic Modernization of Cosmetics Reform Act of 2022, which modernizes federal regulatory oversight of cosmetics and personal care products and creates a comprehensive and uniform national framework for cosmetics regulation.

“This is an exciting time for our industry thanks to the strong foundation laid by Lezlee,” said Myers.  “I am honored to be selected as PCPC’s next leader and I am confident that, together with the Board and staff, we will continue to drive growth and innovation for the industry and the consumers who rely on our products every day.”

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Founded in 1894, the Personal Care Products Council (PCPC) is the voice and advocate for 600 member companies representing the $529.3 billion global cosmetics and personal care products industry. PCPC’s members represent approximately 90% of the U.S. beauty industry and are some of the most beloved and trusted brands in beauty and personal care today. As manufacturers, distributors and suppliers of a diverse range of products millions of consumers rely on every day – from sunscreens, toothpaste and shampoo to moisturizer, makeup and fragrance – PCPC’s member companies are global leaders committed to safety, quality and innovation. 

Sun Safety Awareness Takes Center Stage on National Don’t Fry Day


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Sun Safety Awareness Takes Center Stage on National Don’t Fry Day
Sun Protection Particularly Critical in U.S. Cities with the Highest UV Index

WASHINGTON — A dozen U.S. cities are expected to have extreme ultraviolet (UV) index ratings (10+) this Memorial Day and throughout the summer, according to 2022 data from the National Weather Service, making sun protection especially important for all residents and visitors. National Don’t Fry Day, the Friday before Memorial Day weekend, encourages sun-safety awareness and serves as a reminder to protect skin from the harmful effects of the sun’s UV rays.

The UV index measures the amount of skin-damaging UV rays reaching the Earth’s surface when the sun is highest in the sky, serving as a helpful tool in preventing overexposure to the sun’s rays. The UV index changes seasonally and can range from 0 (nighttime) to 15-16. The higher the number, the greater the exposure to skin and eye-damaging UV radiation.

  • 0-2: No to minimal sun protection needed
  • 3-7: Moderate to high protection needed – seeking shade during late morning through mid-afternoon; generously applying broad-spectrum SPF 30+ sunscreen on exposed skin; wearing protective clothing, a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses
  • 8+: Very high to extreme protection needed – seeking shade; generously applying broad-spectrum SPF 30+ sunscreen on exposed skin; wearing protective clothing, a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses

The dangers of UV rays, including premature skin aging and skin cancer, are clear and universally recognized. According to the American Cancer Society, more than five million Americans are diagnosed with skin cancer each year – more than all other types of cancer combined. One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime, and 20 Americans die from melanoma – the deadliest form of skin cancer – every day, according to the American Academy of Dermatology.

“Skin cancer is a significant and largely preventable public health concern,” said Patti Farris, M.D., a board-certified dermatologist with over 35 years of experience in research, aesthetics and clinical practice. “When going outdoors, especially when the UV index is high, individuals need sun protection to minimize their risk for skin cancer. That can be a hat and protective clothing, and broad-spectrum sunscreen with a minimum of SPF 30 for skin exposed to the sun is a must.”

While skin cancer is one of the most common cancers, it is also preventable. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), four out of five cases can be prevented by following safe-sun practices, including limiting time in the sun, seeking shade, wearing protective clothing and using sunscreens regularly.

“Sunscreens are important tools for preventing and reducing the risk of skin cancer and UV-induced skin damage and should be part of your daily health and safety routine, just like brushing your teeth or using a seat belt,” said Alexandra Kowcz, chief scientist, Personal Care Products Council. “Our industry provides consumers with safe and innovative sunscreen products to help protect them and their families from the harmful effects of the sun.”

The U.S. cities with the highest average UV index in 2022 were:

  1. Honolulu, Hawaii (11.8)
  2. Miami, Fla. (11.5)
  3. San Juan, Puerto Rico (11.5)
  4. Albuquerque, N.M. (11)
  5. New Orleans, La. (10.8)
  6. Phoenix, Ariz. (10.7)
  7. Tampa, Fla. (10.5)
  8. Mobile, Ala. (10.3)
  9. Jackson, Miss. (10.2)
  10. Cheyenne, Wyo. (10)
  11. Denver, Colo. (10)
  12. Los Angeles, Calif. (10)

For more information about the UV index and the importance of practicing sun safety, including using broad-spectrum sunscreen, visit PCPC’s website.

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Founded in 1894, the Personal Care Products Council (PCPC) is the voice and advocate for 600 member companies representing the $529.3 billion global cosmetics and personal care products industry. PCPC’s members represent approximately 90% of the U.S. beauty industry and are some of the most beloved and trusted brands in beauty and personal care today. As the manufacturers, distributors and suppliers of a diverse range of products millions of consumers rely on every day – from sunscreens, toothpaste and shampoo to moisturizer, makeup and fragrance – PCPC’s member companies are global leaders committed to product safety, quality and innovation.

Personal Care Products Council Announces New Board Chair and Officers


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Personal Care Products Council Announces New Board Chair and Officers
Barbara Menarguez, General Manager of Fragrance and Beauty, CHANEL, Assumes New Position March 2023

Washington, D.C. — The Personal Care Products Council (PCPC) announced today the election of its new Board of Directors Chair Barbara Menarguez, general manager of fragrance and beauty, CHANEL. Menarguez has built a dynamic career in the beauty industry and currently oversees CHANEL’s marketing, sales, education and sales planning.

“Barbara’s impressive accomplishments and strong leadership will serve our membership well as we continue to advance our industry’s determination for a more beautiful and sustainable world,” said Lezlee Westine, PCPC president and CEO. “I look forward to working more closely with her as we continue to strengthen our commitment to our members and our consumers.”

Barbara Menarguez, general manager of Fragrance and Beauty, CHANEL

Menarguez has been with CHANEL for more than 25 years, serving as the company’s senior vice president and chief financial officer for eight of those years. She is widely recognized for her thoughtful leadership.

“PCPC is the voice for the industry whose products touch the lives of nearly every American household each day,” said Menarguez. “Families rely on our products to enhance their well-being and quality of life. I’m honored to help lead PCPC as we continue to educate policy makers, legislators, regulators, the media and, most importantly, our consumers about our innovative industry and our commitment to sound science.”

Joining Menarguez on PCPC’s Board of Directors are the following newly elected officers:

Vice Chairs:      
Esi Eggleston Bracey; president Unilever USA, CEO North America Personal Care; Unilever
David Greenberg; CEO L’Oréal USA and president, North America Zone; L’Oréal
Chris Heiert, senior vice president the Specialty Beauty Group, Procter & Gamble
Mark Loomis, president North America, The Estée Lauder Companies

Secretary:        
Maria “Duda” Kertész; president, U.S. Skin Health & Beauty; Johnson & Johnson Consumer Health

Treasurer:       
Deborah Gibbins, chief operating officer and chief financial officer, Mary Kay

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For more information on cosmetics and personal care products and their ingredients, please visit www.CosmeticsInfo.org.

Founded in 1894, the Personal Care Products Council (PCPC) is the voice and advocate for 600 member companies representing the $529.3 billion global cosmetics and personal care products industry. PCPC’s members represent approximately 90% of the U.S. beauty industry and are some of the most beloved and trusted brands in beauty and personal care today. As the manufacturers, distributors and suppliers of a diverse range of products millions of consumers rely on every day – from sunscreens, toothpaste and shampoo to moisturizer, makeup and fragrance – PCPC’s member companies are global leaders committed to product safety, quality and innovation.

Personal Care Products Council Applauds Inclusion of Cosmetics Regulatory Reform in Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2023


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Personal Care Products Council Applauds Inclusion of Cosmetics Regulatory Reform in Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2023 

Washington, D.C. — The Personal Care Products Council (PCPC) and its member companies applaud Congress for including legislation that modernizes federal regulatory oversight of cosmetics and personal care products and creates a comprehensive and uniform national framework for cosmetics regulation. The long-awaited legislation advances product safety and innovation for the science-driven beauty and personal care industry and reinforces consumer confidence.

“We greatly appreciate Chairwoman Patty Murray, Ranking Member Richard Burr, Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr., and Ranking Member Cathy McMorris Rodgers for their leadership. This truly historic moment took over a decade, bringing together a diverse group of stakeholders to support a contemporary approach to cosmetics oversight and further strengthen consumer trust in the products they use every day,” said PCPC President and CEO Lezlee Westine. “This landmark legislation would not have been possible without their leadership and commitment.”

PCPC Executive Vice President of Government Affairs Karin Ross added: “We entered this process advocating for well-crafted, science-based federal reforms to enhance our industry’s ability to innovate and to modernize regulation that has largely been unchanged for 80 years. These members of Congress guided that process. Thanks to their leadership, the Food and Drug Administration will have the necessary tools to ensure consistent regulation of cosmetics and personal care products.”

Consumer and product safety are top priorities for the beauty and personal care industry. PCPC looks forward to working with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and key stakeholders to implement this important legislation.

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Founded in 1894, the Personal Care Products Council (PCPC) is the voice and advocate for 600 member companies representing the $484.1 billion global cosmetics and personal care products industry. PCPC’s members represent approximately 90% of the U.S. beauty industry and are some of the most beloved and trusted brands in beauty and personal care today. As the manufacturers, distributors and suppliers of a diverse range of products millions of consumers rely on every day – from sunscreens, toothpaste and shampoo to moisturizer, makeup and fragrance – PCPC’s member companies are global leaders committed to product safety, quality and innovation.

For more information on cosmetics and personal care products and their ingredients, please visit www.CosmeticsInfo.org

The Personal Care Products Council Announces Second Madam C.J. Walker Award for Excellence in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion


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The Personal Care Products Council Announces Second
Madam C.J. Walker Award for Excellence in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Beauty Industry Recognizes Esi Eggleston Bracey, President Unilever U.S. & CEO Unilever Personal Care North America, as DEI Champion

Washington, D.C. – The Personal Care Products Council (PCPC) is proud to announce its second annual Madam C.J. Walker Award for Excellence in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI). The Award recognizes individuals in the beauty and personal care products industry who demonstrate an outstanding commitment to DEI through strong leadership and sustained efforts with a focus on workplace culture, program and policies, or through external engagement with consumers and communities.

Presented last night at the PCPC Leadership Summit 2022 opening reception, the selection committee awarded this distinction to Esi Eggleston Bracey – president of Unilever U.S. & CEO of Unilever Personal Care North America – in recognition of her dedication to advance DEI. Bracey is widely recognized and admired across the industry as someone who leads with respect and brings fresh thinking to businesses. She champions high-impact, purpose-driven efforts like Dove’s founding of the CROWN (Create a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair) Coalition to foster beauty inclusivity and eradicate hair discrimination through the support of the CROWN Act legislation.

“This award means the world to me because the business of diversity is a team sport. Madam C.J. Walker knew that it wasn’t just about her own financial success, it was about the success she bestowed on others,” said Bracey. “The work that we do changes the narrative around beauty. So, let’s embrace it as a team sport. Let’s make this all of our award, raise the bar high, and commit to making this world more inclusive and more equitable for all people.”

The Award honors industry pioneer Madam C.J. Walker who started her hair care business at the turn of the century, during a time when women of color had few rights and little opportunity. The Award is given each year to individuals in the cosmetics or personal care industry. Nominees are judged on areas of achievement based on predetermined criteria.

“Madam C.J. Walker, Elizabeth Arden and Helena Rubinstein were among the women who started this industry when nobody else was paying attention,” said A’Lelia Bundles, event mistress of ceremonies and Madam Walker’s great-great-granddaughter. “And it turns out that this is not just about products, but it is about empowering people. Making women feel confident, but also giving people economic opportunity. And that’s very much what Madam Walker was about.”

“We owe so much to Madam C.J. Walker. She was a true trailblazer and one of the greatest entrepreneurs in history. She created jobs that helped thousands of women of color achieve financial independence. She is one of the reasons we have people like Esi leading the industry today,” said PCPC President and CEO Lezlee Westine. “Young women of color have many more opportunities and role models today, thanks to women like Madam Walker and Esi Bracey.”

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Founded in 1894, the Personal Care Products Council (PCPC) is the voice and advocate for 600 member companies representing the $484.1 billion global cosmetics and personal care products industry. PCPC’s members represent approximately 90% of the U.S. beauty industry and are some of the most beloved and trusted brands in beauty and personal care today. As the manufacturers, distributors and suppliers of a diverse range of products millions of consumers rely on every day – from sunscreens, toothpaste and shampoo to moisturizer, makeup and fragrance – PCPC’s member companies are global leaders committed to product safety, quality and innovation.

For more information on cosmetics and personal care products and their ingredients, please visit www.CosmeticsInfo.org

Beauty and Personal Care Industry Leaders Gather During Leadership Summit to Envision a More Beautiful, Inclusive and Sustainable World


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Washington, D.C. – After more than two years of virtual meetings, the Personal Care Products Council (PCPC) brings together industry executives and thought leaders for its first-ever Leadership Summit, an in-person gathering in the nation’s capital on September 28-29. Following the tradition of PCPC’s Annual Meeting, attendees will reflect on the beauty industry’s past, present and future with a focus on creating a more beautiful, inclusive and sustainable world.

In recognition of the release of PCPC’s second industry sustainability report, the Summit program highlights important issues of the day covered in the report, including regulation, environmental impacts and social issues challenging the nation. This year, PCPC is honored to be joined by prominent experts who will provide insights, lead panel discussions and challenge current thinking:

  • Bruce Mehlman, Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen & Thomas, providing analysis of policy and political trends driving the 2022 midterm elections
  • Commissioner Robert Califf, M.D., U.S. Food and Drug Administration, discussing industry topics and his vision for the Agency’s future
  • Larissa Jensen, The NPD Group, sharing insights and analysis of global beauty trends
  • Angela Diesch, Amin Talati Wasserman, providing insights on state legislation and regulation impacting the industry
  • Esi Eggleston Bracey, Unilever, moderating a discussion on how increased diversity helps government and business address challenges facing our nation, featuring Rep. Linda T. Sánchez and Heba Mahmoud, MITRE Corporation  
  • Pamela Gill-Alabaster, Mattel, moderating a panel on ESG practices, commitments and regulations, featuring subject matter experts from Covington and Burling, Dan Feldman, Laura Kim and Matt Franker
  • Ambassador Sarah Bianchi, Office of the United States Trade Representative, along with Hideaki Fujisawa, Rodrigo Godinho and Andrew Jory from the Embassies of Japan, Brazil and Australia respectively, highlighting new initiatives to address global challenges and expand market access for U.S. companies

The Summit’s first day concludes with a reception overlooking the Capitol to celebrate the second annual Madam C.J. Walker Award for Excellent in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI). The Award recognizes individuals who demonstrate an outstanding commitment to DEI through strong leadership and sustained efforts with a focus on workplace culture, programs and policies, or through external engagement with consumers and communities. 

“While we know there is more work to be done, we are proud of how our commitment to a more beautiful, inclusive and sustainable world is reflected in the work of our members and our association,” said PCPC President and CEO Lezlee Westine. “It is critically important that our industry helps address social and environmental challenges and communicate that our commitment remains strong.”

Keech Combe Shetty, PCPC Board of Directors chair and Combe Inc. executive chair, noted: “Our industry’s products literally touch the lives of nearly every American household every day, and our constant pursuit of healthy people and a healthy planet is both good business and good stewardship.”

Newly elected at the PCPC Board of Directors meeting held at the Summit are the following:

Thomas Baudry, senior vice president, Finance & Operations; LVMH Perfumes and Cosmetics North America

Pascal Berthe, global head of worldwide product safety, Regulatory Affairs; Claims Substantiation & Microbiology; L’Oréal

Chris Heiert, senior vice president NA, Skin Care & Global Olay; Procter & Gamble

Luciana Castro, senior vice president, Legal & Compliance Strategy; Advocacy and Business Ethics; Firmenich

To learn more about PCPC’s Leadership Summit 2022, visit PCPC’s website. Follow Summit updates on Twitter at @PCPC_News. For more information about cosmetics and personal care products, please visit www.CosmeticsInfo.org.

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Founded in 1894, the Personal Care Products Council (PCPC) is the voice and advocate for 600 member companies representing the $484.1 billion global cosmetics and personal care products industry. PCPC’s members represent approximately 90% of the U.S. beauty industry and are some of the most beloved and trusted brands in beauty and personal care today. As the manufacturers, distributors and suppliers of a diverse range of products millions of consumers rely on every day – from sunscreens, toothpaste and shampoo to moisturizer, makeup and fragrance – PCPC’s member companies are global leaders committed to product safety, quality and innovation.