L’Oréal USA names new chief information officer
NEW YORK — L’Oréal USA has someone new leading its innovation efforts. The company has named Michael Kingston as chief information officer of L’Oréal USA. Kingston succeeds Barry Gilmore, who retired from the company at the end of September after 17 years.
“We believe that Michael’s diverse experience leading change and deploying strategic consumer solutions will be an important asset in driving innovation forward at L’Oréal,” L’Oréal USA president and CEO, and EVP of the America’s zone, Frédéric Rozé. “He is a progressive IT leader, and we are thrilled to add his talent to our management team.”
Kingston has previously served as CIO of Neiman Marcus Group, Coach, LVMH and Castrol, and he has 20 years of IT experience. He also brings to the company an extensive technical background in addition to his ability to empower organizations around enterprise transformations, L’Oréal said.
Coty goes big on empowerment for its consumers, employees
NEW YORK — Beauty giant Coty this week unveiled two efforts — one consumer-facing and the other internal — that are underscoring the company’s commitment to empowering self-expression in the face of prejudice and discrimination.
Coty’s Sally Hansen brand — following the recent revelations that the brand’s namesake was an entrepreneur who was progressive for her time — has introduced a new campaign called Shetopia that features self-made women like Sally Hansen who thrive in business.
“The making of and inspiration for this campaign started three years ago with the search for the brand’s namesake,” Coty VP global marketing for Sally Hansen Jeremy Lowenstein told Drug Store News. “The brand’s new platform of ‘Self-Made Beauty’ truly embodies the life and spirit of Sally Hansen, the founder. My hope is that this campaign empowers and inspires even more women to take beauty in their own hands, so that they, too, can create their best selves, them self, every single day.”
As part of the campaign, the brand created a short video that was created almost entirely by a female crew and features various female influencers — from soccer start Eniola Aluko and attorney/lifestyle blogger Cynthia Andrew to tech industry diversity advocate Angela Benton and fashion blogger Gina Ybarra. The video showcases a world where gender norms don’t exist, with sequences reversing typical instances of prejudice or stereotypes women face.
The Sally Hansen campaign coincides with Coty’s new long-term partnership with international advocacy group Global Citizen that will see employees using their collective voice to advocate for social change around such issues as discrimination based on gender, sexual orientation, disability or ethnicity by challenging norms, stereotypes and policies that perpetuate discrimination and prejudice.
“This is an important step in our journey to achieve our purpose to celebrate and liberate the diversity of your beauty and champion self-expression,” Coty CEO Camillo Pane said. “Internally the conversation and action are ongoing and accelerating with several of our brands, including COVERGIRL, Clairol, Wella Professionals and Gucci championing self- expression and challenging gender stereotypes.”
With the partnership, Coty will approach employee engagement with a two-pronged approach, focusing on both a digital-led online experience and a localized grassroots action to create change. The engagement platform will be the first of its kind, bringing data science to bear on real-world efforts that employees can take action on.
“At Coty, we believe beauty is about self-expression, individuality and inclusion, but too often people are held back by labels,” Pane said. “As a beauty company, we have an important role to play in changing attitudes and mindsets that keep people from achieving their full potential. We admire the disruptive and modern methods that Global Citizen has used to make real impact on some of the world’s biggest challenges. That’s why we’re partnering with them and mobilizing our people to take action.”
Walgreens co-creates latest beauty exclusive with consumers
NEW YORK — YourGoodSkin, a breakthrough skincare range that is scientifically developed to help prevent skin problems before they occur, is launching exclusively at select Walgreens stores and on Walgreens.com in the U.S. and at Boots stores and on boots.com in the U.K. and Ireland.
“We are excited to launch YourGoodSkin, the first skin care line co-created with scientists, leading dermatologists and a community of thousands of women who tested, input on and validated the product,” stated Lyle Tick, managing director Boots Retail USA. “In development for over five years, this range satisfies an untapped need in our brand portfolio and in the market by providing a scientifically proven solution for the healthy skin seeker at an affordable price.”
YourGoodSkin discovered that to truly understand what women want from skincare, simply asking them wasn’t enough. It needed to involve them. Three years later, the YourGoodSkin community has co-created a range of products to help women achieve the one thing on top of their skin wish list: consistently healthy-looking skin for life.
“This is the first time we’ve codeveloped a brand with a community and are leveraging a community as part of marketing a brand,” said Kristof Neirynck, VP and global brand director of skin care for Walgreens Boots Alliance.
Everyone is invited to join the movement of thousands of women who have already started their journey to a life with visibly healthier skin at the YourGoodSkin.com community. The forum offers expert advice, an opportunity to share experiences and to gain support from a movement of women all striving for #GoodSkinForLife. The hero product in the range is the innovative Balancing Skin Concentrate. This unique concentrate is clinically proven to deliver visibly healthier skin in five ways.
YourGoodSkin is also launching a collection of 22 additional products that are designed to tackle the root of skin problems, preventing them before they appear. Developed to restore, maintain and improve the appearance of your skin from the very first use, the range includes a variety of cleanser options (foaming cleanser to wipes to micellars) to targeted treatments (acne prevention, blackhead removers).
“Our research shows that women want consistently healthy-looking skin, but achieving this can be difficult when everyday life factors such as pollution, temperature, hormones, stress or tiredness can cause the skin to become unbalanced. Our solution was to develop the ultimate skincare hack: a range of products to deliver visibly healthier skin in just 28 days,” said Mike Bell, skincare scientific expert, Walgreens Boots Alliance, who led the development of YourGoodSkin.