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Coty taps Marc Rey to head Coty’s Prestige market business in the U.S., Canada

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK — Coty has announced the appointment of Marc Rey as president of Coty Prestige U.S. and regional VP of Coty Prestige North America, starting Jan. 2.

Among Rey’s key responsibilities will be the current U.S. Coty Prestige portfolio, Coty Prestige Canada, Philosophy and Sephora key account responsibility for the Americas. He will report to Jean Mortier, president of Coty Prestige, and will be located in New York.

"We are thrilled that Marc is joining the Coty family," stated Michele Scannavini, CEO of Coty. "Marc’s deep expertise within the beauty industry; his energetic, entrepreneurial approach to the business; and his impeccable track record make us confident that he will lead our prestige business in North America to new heights."

Rey secedes Bob Cankes, who will retire in the second half of this fiscal year, after 14 years with Coty.

"Our thanks go out to Bob for his many years of contribution toward Coty’s successful development in North America. He played a primary role in growing our prestige business from being a small challenger to now being a leader in the U.S. fragrance industry. We are grateful to Bob for his dedication and passion, and we wish him a well-deserved retirement after more than 40 years in the industry," Scannavini stated.

Prior to his appointment at Coty, Rey served as the president of International Designers Collections at L’Oréal USA. In this role, he oversaw the skin care, makeup and fragrance businesses for L’Oréal’s designer brands, including Ralph Lauren, Giorgio Armani, Yves Saint Laurent and Viktor & Rolf. Rey began his career in 1986 as an assistant brand manager at Danone. From there, he went on to hold managerial roles at such companies as McKinsey & Co., Johnson & Johnson and YSL Beaute, among others.

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Revlon to celebrate 80 years with London exhibition

BY Antoinette Alexander

LONDON — Revlon is inviting beauty enthusiasts and fashion fanatics to experience a one-of-a-kind exhibition that will guide them through iconic moments in Revlon’s history that have contributed to shaping the brand as we see it today.

A collection of London’s ground-breaking creatives have come together to showcase how these ages have influenced Revlon’s continual innovation within the beauty industry through works of art and installation alongside a wide range of artifacts sourced from Revlon archives, the company stated. 

The exhibition, curated by Ryan Lanji, will feature works from Revlon’s U.K. nail ambassador, Jenny Longworth, and a number of London’s ground-breaking creatives: artist Lorna May Wadsworth (previous works include commissioned paintings of Lady Thatcher, model Lily Cole, Sir Derek Jacobi and Richard Curtis); Alex Noble (art director and fashion designer who has designed for Lady Gaga and Florence Welsh); fashion illustrator Spiros Halaris; filmmaker Nicola Saint-Marc; and artists Bobby Patmore, Linton Meagher and Debra Frances.

The exhibition will tell the story of Charles Revson, the man who built the Revlon Empire and how he changed the appearance of women throughout the world, both in how they looked to others and how they looked to themselves.

"Enamoured: 80 Years of Revlon" will run from Nov. 30 to Dec. 2 at the London Film Museum.

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Biocom develops alternative to sanitary napkins, tampons

BY Antoinette Alexander

SAN DIEGO — Regional life sciences association Biocom has introduced a new eco-friendly alternative to sanitary napkins and tampons. Enter FemmyCycle, a product from member FemCap.

The FemmyCycle was granted clearance by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Nov. 16. FemmyCycle creator Alfred Shihata is familiar with developing feminine products. His FDA-approved FemCap is one of the few hormone-free, woman-controlled contraceptive methods available.

"When I developed the FemCap, my goal was to provide women with a safe, effective, hormone-free birth control device. The motivation behind the FemmyCycle was much the same: to provide a safer, more convenient alternative to pads and tampons at a lower economic and environmental cost," Shihata stated.

The FemmyCycle’s nonspill design collects and holds menstrual flow for up to 12 hours. Collecting menstrual flow rather than absorbing it eliminates the risk of toxic shock syndrome associated with tampons. In addition, women using the device reported an absence of odor and leaks as the device keeps menstrual fluid away from vaginal walls and vulva and unexposed to air, the company stated.

The FemmyCycle can be worn during exercise and other daily activities. It is a reusable device made of soft, medical grade silicone and lasts for a year or more, making it an environmentally friendly alternative to tampons and pads. The FemmyCycle costs $39.95 per twin pack and will be available online and in stores in early 2013.

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