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Personal Care Products Council Announces New Board Chair at 2015 Annual Meeting--Thia Breen, Group President of North America for The Estée Lauder Companies, Assumes New Position, Vice Chairs Elected

For Immediate Release: 
February 24, 2015
CONTACT: Lisa Powers, (202) 466-0489 or Lauren Brady, (202) 454-0316

Palm Beach, Fla.—The Personal Care Products Council announced today the election of its new board officers, including its new Chair, Thia Breen, Group President of North America for The Estée Lauder Companies.  Ms. Breen has built a dynamic career in the beauty industry and currently leads 30 brands in the U.S. and Canada for The Estée Lauder Companies.
Breen is recognized for her thought leadership and commitment to women’s empowerment.  As an advocate for women in business, she has served as a mentor to countless women in the industry, in addition to supporting healthy work-family balance practices for members of her team.  She succeeds E. Scott Beattie, who has served as PCPC chair since 2012. 
“It was an honor to serve as Board Chair of the Personal Care Products Council, and I am proud to turn the reins over to someone with such a distinguished career and strong commitment to our industry’s future,” said E. Scott Beattie, outgoing Chairman and President and CEO for Elizabeth Arden.
 “Thia’s impressive accomplishments and strong leadership will continue to serve our membership as we work to advance the industry’s voice in Washington and globally,” said Lezlee Westine, PCPC President and CEO.  “I know her talent, energy and experience will strengthen our organization and I look forward to working with her,” said Westine. 
Breen, the second female Board chair, has served on the board for several years, most recently as vice chair.  In addition, she serves on the board of Cosmetic Executive Women (CEW) and was recently honored with the Women of Achievement award.  
“I would like to thank Scott for his work as chair and all he has done to elevate the association’s impact and influence.  I also want to recognize Lezlee for her leadership and look forward to working with our members to keep the association well-positioned and strong,” said Breen.  
The Personal Care Products Council also elected the following officers and new board members.
Vice Chairs: 
George Calvert, VP and General Manager, Supply Chain, Amway
Karen Fondu, President, L’Oreal Paris
Heidi Manheimer, President and CEO, Shiseido Cosmetics America
Treasurer: David Holl, President and CEO, Mary Kay
Secretary: Pamela Baxter, President and Chief Executive Officer LVMH Perfumes & Cosmetics for North America
New board members:  Jane Iredale, President and CEO, Iredale Mineral Cosmetics and Alexandra Keith, President Beauty, Procter & Gamble

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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.