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Industry Veteran Elizabeth Anderson to Leave Position as General Counsel; Trade Association Promotes Thomas Myers to Top Legal Position

For Immediate Release: 
May 13, 2015

CONTACT:  Lauren Brady (202) 454-0316 or (202) 258-5285

Washington, DC – Elizabeth (Betsy) Anderson will be leaving her position as general counsel from the Personal Care Products Council, effective May 29. Anderson joined the association's legal team in 1996, holding both assistant and associate general counsel positions before being promoted to general counsel in 2006.  
Throughout her tenure, Anderson has served as a trusted advisor to several CEOs and served as an important member of the executive leadership team, advocating on behalf of the cosmetics and personal care industry before federal and state regulators in the areas of OTC labeling, combination colors, sunscreens and antimicrobials. Her accomplishments include receiving the 2014 Distinguished Service & Leadership Award from the Food & Drug Law Institute (FDLI) as well as serving as Chair of FDLI's Board of Directors.
“We very much appreciate Betsy’s leadership and commitment to the Council over the last 19 years,” said Lezlee Westine, President and CEO. “She has been an invaluable member of our executive leadership team and has helped the Council become one of the most effective trade associations in Washington. We will miss her greatly,” said Westine.
Succeeding Anderson as general counsel will be Thomas Myers, currently the organization’s associate general counsel. 
Myers is currently responsible for handling legal and regulatory issues facing the cosmetics industry, particularly in the area of environmental law. Before joining the Council, Myers was Counsel at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and he has more than a decade of experience in private law practice, where he worked for the international law firms Jones Day and Greenberg Traurig.   
“I am confident that Tom will be an excellent addition to our executive leadership team," said Westine. “He is a strong and experienced professional with sound judgement and an unwavering commitment to our industry.”

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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. 
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