Global Beauty Industry Laser Focused on Digital and Consumer Trends, International Collaboration and Other Key Topics at Personal Care Products Council’s 122nd Annual Meeting

More than 400 industry leaders are gathered this week in Palm Beach, Fla., to eye future business trends, address business opportunities, discuss issues facing the industry globally, and to elect new officers.

“Industry thought leaders from across the globe come to our Annual Meeting to set priorities, consider industry challenges and opportunities, and to collaborate on ways to continue to provide safe, innovative products to families around the world,” said Council President and CEO Lezlee Westine. “We are thrilled with the line-up of impressive speakers and thought-provoking content and continue to hear why this meeting is such an important annual event,” she said.

The 2016 line-up of speakers includes: keynote speaker, John Gerzema, author, strategist and consultant; guest speakers: Bruce Mehlman and David Castagnetti, Partners at Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen & Thomas; Eva Press, US Group Lead, Consumer Packaged Goods, Facebook; Greg Coleman, President of BuzzFeed; Sebastian Tomich, Senior Vice President, Advertising & Innovation, The New York Time and Amee Chande, Managing Director for the UK of the Alibaba Group.

The Council unveiled its new Economic and Social Contributions Study, which reinforces that the global beauty industry significantly contributes to America’s economic strength, provides professional opportunities for women, supports meaningful social and environmental programs and meets the needs of American families. In addition, Westine highlighted the Council’s work with policymakers and key stakeholders to introduce bi-partisan cosmetics reform and pass of the federal microbeads bill.

The Council also announced the re-election of Board Chair Thia Breen, Group President of North America for The Estée Lauder Companies.

“Over the past year and under Thia’s leadership, our association has achieved many imperative strategic goals—from working with policymakers and key stakeholders on the Microbead-Free Waters Act of 2015 to promoting our industry’s commitment to product safety, quality and innovation. We continue to focus on our companies’ commitment to consumers,” said Westine.

In her speech to members, Breen stated, “2015 was a positive year for us and underscored the importance of working collaboratively to make progress,” said Breen. “Our goal is to build on that momentum in 2016 so that we can inspire a beautiful future for our customers, our industry, and our communities around the world.”

The Council also elected the following officers:

Vice Chairs:

George Calvert, Chief Supply Chain and R&D Officer, Amway

Karen Fondu, President, L’Oréal Paris

Alex Keith, President Global Beauty, Procter & Gamble

Secretary: Robert Candelino, VP Marketing/General Manager Haircare, Unilever

Treasurer: David Holl, President and Chief Executive Officer, Mary Kay Cosmetics