Alexandra Kowcz is Chief Scientist for the Personal Care Products Council, overseeing PCPC’s scientific programs, technical committees and publications, and serves as the industry’s scientific liaison for domestic and international organizations. She joined PCPC in 2018 after serving as Vice President of U.S. Research & Development at Beiersdorf, Inc., which manufactures personal care brands including Nivea, Eucerin and Aquaphor. Kowcz managed U.S. product development, medical and scientific affairs, clinical testing, product safety testing, analytical testing, microbiology, regulatory, claims substantiation, chemical processing and new technology research. She has held a number of R&D positions at Procter & Gamble, Bristol Myers International, Richardson-Vicks, Clairol, Inc., Centerchem, Rhone-Poulenc Rorer and Bristol-Myers Squibb. Kowcz is the author and co-author of numerous patents, publications, chapters and scientific poster presentations. She 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. She holds degrees in biology and chemistry from Fairfield University, completed graduate projects at Boston College and received her M.B.A. from the University of Connecticut. She is an active member of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists and the American Academy of Dermatology.