Coty names former Reckitt Benckiser CEO as nonexecutive chairman
NEW YORK — Coty has announced that Bart Becht, former Reckitt Benckiser CEO, has joined its board as nonexecutive chairman.
Becht stepped down as CEO of Reckitt Benckiser, a U.K.-based consumer goods company, in August 2011.
"I am pleased that Bart has agreed to join the board of Coty as its chairman," stated Peter Harf, who served as Coty’s chairman since 2001 and will continue to serve as a director of Coty and head of its compensation committee. "His longstanding experience at the head of a global consumer goods company will be an invaluable asset for Coty, as we continue to grow and thrive. I intend to remain active as a board member and look forward to working with Bart."
Clothing maker American Apparel expands beauty line with lip gloss collection
LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles-based clothing manufacturer American Apparel is expanding its beauty portfolio with the launch of its first line of lip glosses.
The company is adding nine shades of gloss to its palette of Made in USA beauty products. The nine colors feature names that evoke an array of facets of the American Apparel experience, such as Legalize LA, a bright red using the slogan of the company’s call for immigration reform, and Pantytime, an apricot-toned pink named after American Apparel’s yearly celebration of all things underwear.
According to the company, the rave reviews of its first beauty product, nail lacquer, spurred the company to set an even higher bar for its lip glosses. It is sourced and developed in partnership with a Los Angeles-based, vertically integrated family-owned business. The collaboration produced a petroleum-, fragrance-, mineral oil- and cruelty-free gloss.
American Apparel lip gloss is priced at $12 per tube and will be sold at American Apparel stores worldwide, as well as online. The rollout of the lip gloss will begin in 50 select American Apparel stores and will expand as the production run increases.
Murad taps former Guthy-Renker exec to serve as COO
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — Skin care company Murad, whose products are sold at several locations, including Sephora and Ulta, has named Beverly Parsons as COO.
Parsons will report to general manager Richard Murad. In this role, Parsons will be responsible for procurement (purchasing, packaging engineering and quality control), as well as supply chain planning, distribution center operations and logistics, and information technology functions.
Parsons comes to Murad from Guthy-Renker, where she spent 15 years in various operations functions. Most recently, she was the SVP business integration. She also held the title of VP operations and was responsible for the operations departments, including purchasing, planning, international operations, quality control, inventory control and logistics.
Prior to her role at Guthy-Renker, Parsons served as operations manager at Ethel M Chocolates, senior manager of corporate inventory at Fingerhut Cos. and inventory management at CVN Cos.