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Personal Care Products Council Appoints Beth Lange, Ph.D. as its New Chief Scientist--Industry Expert to Direct Cosmetic Industry’s Scientific Programs and Advance Safety Mission

For Immediate Release: 
May 21, 2014
Contact:  Lisa Powers, (202) 466-0489 or Hayley McConnell, (202) 454-0302
WASHINGTON, D.C.--The Personal Care Products Council announced today that Beth Lange, Ph.D., will become the organization’s executive vice president for science and chief scientist effective July 1.  Lange replaces Halyna Breslawec, Ph.D., who officially retired on April 30.  In her new role, Lange will oversee the Council’s scientific programs, technical committees and publications, and will serve as the industry’s scientific liaison for several domestic and international organizations. 
“Beth’s scientific credentials and impressive industry background make her uniquely qualified to lead our scientific programs,” said Lezlee Westine, Council President & CEO.  “We are thrilled to have her join our distinguished team of scientific experts.  She brings to the Council a wealth of knowledge and expertise as well as proven leadership within our industry.”
Lange joins the Council after serving as the chief scientific officer at Mary Kay Inc., a position she’s held since 2008 when she joined the company.   Lange is currently responsible for Mary Kay’s global research and development team where she oversees product development, product safety and environmental issues, analytical and stability, program management, medical science affairs, and regulatory affairs.   Lange also is responsible for the company’s global new product strategy, which includes cosmetics, fragrances, over-the-counter skin care, and devices for more than 35 countries.
As a veteran member of the cosmetics and personal care industry, Lange has held senior scientific positions at Schering-Plough, Kimberly Clark and Unilever.   
“I am eager to bring my industry experience to Washington and to work with the staff at the Council,” said Lange.  “I look forward to continuing to work with member company scientists as we further our industry’s commitment to product safety, quality and innovation.”   
Lange holds a Ph.D. in radiation biology from the University of Iowa, College of Medicine and a BS in nuclear medicine from Oakland University.  She has been a valued member of the Council’s Scientific Advisory Committee since 2008 and is a member of the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD).
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Based in Washington, D.C., the Personal Care Products Council is the leading national trade association representing the global cosmetic and personal care products industry. Founded in 1894, the Council's more than 600 member companies manufacture, distribute, and supply the vast majority of finished personal care products marketed in the U.S.  As the makers of a diverse range of products millions of consumers rely on every day, from sunscreens, toothpaste and shampoo to moisturizer, lipstick and fragrance, personal care products companies are global leaders committed to product safety, quality and innovation.