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Industry Leaders Highlight Transparency, Collaboration, Innovation at the Personal Care Products Council’s Annual Meeting

For Immediate Release: 
February 23, 2015
CONTACT:  Lisa Powers, (202) 297-1232 or Hayley James, (215) 932-5097
Palm Beach, Fla. -- More than 400 industry leaders from across the globe gathered for the Personal Care Products Council’s 121st Annual Meeting in Palm Beach, Fla., to discuss the opportunities and challenges facing the cosmetic and personal care products industry and to elect its new officers. 
Council President and CEO Lezlee Westine outlined the Council’s key 2014 accomplishments, which include better transparency within the industry by communicating the scientific rigor and safety behind personal care products through multiple communications channels where consumers turn for information; working for bi-partisan support for the industry’s legislative efforts; building relationships with key and diverse stakeholders on product safety issues; and advocating for global access. 
“It is imperative that our industry continue to drive the conversation about the issues affecting our companies. We must come together to set priorities and to collaborate on ways we can continue to provide safe, innovative products that families around the world use every day,” said Westine. 
“This year’s conference consists of captivating speakers and panels that highlight the depth and breadth of talent in our industry. We are especially honored to welcome Ambassador Robert Holleyman, Deputy United States Trade Representative, who recognizes the importance of global market access to our industry,” said Westine.
Highlights of the 2015 Annual Meeting include:
  • Advocating for legislation that modernizes cosmetics regulation and promotes industry growth and innovation, 
  • Showcasing the industry’s economic and social impacts, health and wellness benefits of member companies’ products;
  • Highlighting the industry’s efforts to empower women and minorities; 
  • Continuing its focus on global harmonization; and 
  • Strengthening the Council’s science-based initiatives to support the safety of cosmetics and ingredients. 
Outgoing Council Chairman E. Scott Beattie, Chairman and CEO for Elizabeth Arden, said, “I am honored to have served as chairman of this organization for the past three years, and am proud to turn over a stronger PCPC organization to this new slate of officers.”
The Council’s new officers will be announced Tuesday, February 24, 2015. 
The line-up of speakers include:  keynote speaker, Bert Jacobs, Co-founder, The Life is Good Company, guest speakers include: Jon Steinberg, Chief Executive Officer of North America; David Rose, Instructor and Researcher at MIT Media Lab; Doug Rauch, Former President of Trader Joe’s and Alain Simon, Managing Director of the Phileas Consultancy Group. 

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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.