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


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.