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Personal Care Products Council Appoints Alexandra Kowcz, Chief Scientist; Industry Expert to Direct Cosmetic Industry’s Scientific Programs and Advance Safety Mission

December 5, 2017


Contact:  Lisa Powers, (202) 466-0489 or Jewel Jones, (202) 454-0302

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Personal Care Products Council announced today that Alexandra Kowcz will become the organization’s executive vice president for science and chief scientist effective January 29, 2018. Kowcz replaces Beth Jonas, who recently moved to Utah and will be leaving the Council later this month. In her new role, Kowcz will oversee PCPC’s scientific programs, technical committees and publications, and serve as the industry’s scientific liaison for several domestic and international organizations. 

“Alex’s extensive research and development experience and industry background make her uniquely qualified to lead our scientific programs and our distinguished team of scientific experts,” said Lezlee Westine, Council President & CEO. “She brings to PCPC a strong scientific foundation and proven leadership skills. Alex will be a wonderful asset in working on behalf of an industry that is deeply committed to product safety, quality and innovation.”

Most recently, Kowcz served as Vice President of U.S. Research & Development at Beiersdorf, Inc. (manufacturer of Nivea, Eucerin and Aquaphor consumer brands). Her various responsibilities over her 18 years at Beiersdorf included the management of U.S. product development, medical and scientific affairs, clinical testing, product safety testing, analytical testing, microbiology, regulatory, quality control, quality assurance, claims substantiation, chemical processing and new technology research. 

She previously held a number of R&D positions of increasing responsibility at Procter & Gamble, Bristol Myers International, Richardson-Vicks, Clairol, Inc., Centerchem, and Rhone-Poulenc Rorer.  Additionally, she is the author and co-author of numerous patents, publications, chapters, and scientific poster presentations. Kowcz has presented at many national and international meetings on technical subjects dealing with formulation chemistry, skin research, competitive intelligence, technological innovation, claims development and chemical processing. 

Kowcz holds degrees in Biology and Chemistry from Fairfield University and completed her graduate studies at the University of Connecticut. She is an active member of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists and the American Academy of Dermatology. 

For more information on cosmetic and personal care products and their ingredients, please visit Based in Washington, DC, the Personal Care Products Council is the leading national trade association representing the global cosmetic and personal care products industry. Founded in 1894, PCPC’s 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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