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Pantene taps Eva Mendes, Naomi Watts as brand ambassadors

BY Antoinette Alexander

CINCINNATI — Procter & Gamble has announced a new advertising campaign for its Pantene hair care brand, featuring actresses Eva Mendes and Naomi Watts.

Beginning in July, both women will appear in all elements of the brand’s marketing campaign, including TV and print advertising, in-store displays, iMedia and public relations campaigns.

Mendes will support the Breakage to Strength collection, while Watts will support the Flat to Volume collection.

With the announcement, Pantene also will introduce the split end repair crème to the current Medium-Thick Hair Solutions collection in July. The keratin protection crème helps repair split ends and protect against future damage.

"With their undeniable beauty and confidence that women admire, Eva and Naomi are wonderful additions to the Pantene family," stated Julie Marchant-Houle, marketing director of North American hair care at P&G. "Eva’s strong will helps her achieve anything she wants, and even the constant damage her hair endures won’t stop her from having gorgeous, healthy hair.

"Naomi will be a wonderful inspiration for women looking to enhance the look and texture of their fine hair without taking extreme measures or adding extensions," Marchant-Houle added.

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Halle Berry, Fergie among recipients of FiFi Awards

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK — The Fragrance Foundation has announced that Halle Berry and Fergie are among the celebrities to be honored during the annual FiFi Awards Celebration in late May.

More than 800 guests will mix and mingle with the talents being honored on May 25 at Lincoln Center in New York. Thirty-eight crystal statuettes will be awarded.

Taking home the 2011 FiFi Fragrance Celebrity of the Year Award is actress Berry. The award is to honor a celebrity who has embraced and promoted the world of fragrance over a period of time.

Fergie has been named the recipient of the 2011 FiFi New Fragrance Celebrity of the Year Award. This award recognizes a celebrity whose very first fragrance has enjoyed instant success with the consumer and brought recognition to the fragrance category.

Jean Paul Gaultier will be honored with the 2011 FiFi Hall of Fame Award. The award is presented to an individual who has brought extraordinary ingenuity, creativity, dedication and inner resources to bear, not only to his or her company’s success, but also to the fragrance industry as a whole.

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P&G announces organizational changes

BY Antoinette Alexander

CINCINNATI — Procter & Gamble has announced a string of organizational changes, including the retirement of Edward Shirley, vice chairman of beauty and grooming, after 33 years of service.

Shirley will retire from P&G, effective Jan. 1, 2012. Until that time, effective July 1, 2011, Shirley has been named vice chairman on special assignment, continuing to report to Robert McDonald, P&G chairman, president and CEO. Shirley will be focused on ensuring the seamless transition of the beauty and grooming business, P&G stated.

Dimitri Panayotopoulos, vice chairman of global household care, has been appointed vice chairman­ of global business units, assuming responsibility for both the beauty and grooming and household care businesses. Panayotopoulos will continue to report to McDonald.

Shirley’s career began with Gillette, where he held positions of growing importance culminating in being appointed president of international commercial operations prior to the acquisition of the Gillette business by P&G in 2005. He was appointed group president of P&G’s North American business following the acquisition, and was promoted to the role of vice chairman of beauty and grooming in 2008.

"Ed has had an outstanding career," stated McDonald. "He was one of the most respected leaders at Gillette and he played a pivotal role in ensuring the success of the Gillette integration into P&G. He continued that inspirational leadership of our North American operations, and then as vice chairman provided the strategic vision to energize the growth of our beauty and grooming global businesses."

As part of this management change, P&G will move its two global business units — beauty and grooming and household care — under the leadership of Panayotopoulos.

"Dimitri is another outstanding leader whose vision will continue to help drive our growth strategy. This new structure is the right one for the business at this point in time. This evolution of our structure is normal business practice for us and may evolve further in the future as our strategy and business conditions create new needs and opportunities," McDonald added.

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