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Report: Bristol-Myers Squibb executive joins Unilever

BY Antoinette Alexander

LONDON Unilever, whose personal care brands include Dove and Axe, has appointed Bristol-Myers Squibb CFO, Jean-Marc Huet, to serve as its CFO, according to published reports.

Bristol-Myers Squibb announced on Monday that Huet would leave the company at the end of the year, citing his desire to return to Europe.

As previously reported by Drug Store News, current Unilever CFO, James Lawrence, will leave the company at the end of the year. Lawrence, who joined the company in September 2007, will make himself available in the New Year to facilitate a smooth transition, the company stated.

“We are delighted to have attracted a candidate of Jean-Marc’s talent and experience,” Unilever CEO Paul Polman said.

“His background and expertise will be important in helping us realize the growth ambitions we have for the future,” Polman added.

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Scunci co-founder helps develop Michael Todd Cosmetics online retailer

BY Antoinette Alexander

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. Online beauty retailer Michael Todd Cosmetics went live Wednesday, offering more than 1,100 beauty products to choose from, as well as expert skin consultations, virtual makeovers, educational “how to” videos, customizable palettes and brand comparisons.

Company chairman Lewis Hendler, co-founder of hair accessory brand Scunci International, worked closely with Michael Todd, a model, artist and actor, on the product line and Web-only concept.

“As an actor and model, Michael was constantly under lights and on camera, where he learned from experience ‘what works’ when it comes to cosmetics. Together, we concluded that a couture cosmetic collection emphasizing selection, quality and value in an entertaining and interactive format designed to utilize the advantages of the Internet represented a real opportunity and we were eager to work together on the concept,” stated Hendler.

The company’s premier skin care product is KNU Anti-Aging Tri Complex cream, a three-in-one advanced age management system for skin. Other products includes the “Everything” Stick, an all in one product for lips, eyes and face; Tinted Gel Primer, a mousse-like foundation primer; and Scintillant Illuminator, a vitamin-enriched cream illuminator with silicone to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

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Makers of CeraVe to sponsor USA Swimming

BY Antoinette Alexander

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. Coria Laboratories, a division of Valeant Pharmaceuticals North America, has signed on as the exclusive skin care sponsor of the USA Swimming from 2010 to 2013 to help it increase consumer brand awareness of its CeraVe skin care brand.

The four-year deal represents the first venture into sports sponsorship by the Fort Worth-based company. The sponsorship includes patent-themed content on USA Swimming’s official Web site, sampling of CeraVe products at many of the USA Swimming’s 6,800-sanctioned swim meets, access to major USA Swimming events and advertising on USA Swimming?s wholly owned Web site, Swimnetwork.com.

A television commercial for CeraVe will debut as part of the NBC broadcast of the 2009 AT&T Short Course National Championships and the 2009 Mutual of Omaha Duel in the Pool.

CeraVe products are designed to help treat skin conditions like dry skin, which is common among swimmers exposed to the effects of weather, water and chlorine. CeraVe is the only skin care line with patented Multivesicular Emulsion delivery technology that was previously only available in a prescription formulation, according to the company.

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