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Freeman Beauty names new CEO

BY Gisselle Gaitan

Freeman Beauty announced the appointment of Bill George as the company’s new chief executive officer.

Following the success of the Los Angeles-based company’s first National Face Mask Month in April, George will join following his previous post at Markwins Beauty Brands. He will be replacing Jon Achenbaum, who announced his retirement from the company after joining in 2015.

George will focus on continuing to expand the company’s growth in the mask category, leveraging his background in global cosmetics and personal care to drive innovation. Freeman Beauty said.

“I am honored and privileged to join Freeman Beauty,” Bill George said. “I have admired the company’s position in the market for quite some time and love where the brand stands today. I look to build on the company’s rich heritage and continue to find the best partners to succeed in these high growth segments.”

George holds over 25 years of experience in the beauty category, which includes managing large portfolios of the top ten mass-market brands, driving organic growth across six continents, leading corporate acquisitions, and integrations, the company said.

In this new role, George will work closely with Yellow Wood Partners, helping fuel their growth plans for Freeman Beauty and leveraging insights to further expands the business.

“The Yellow Wood team is excited to have the opportunity to work with Bill George as the new CEO of Freeman Beauty. We have known Bill for a number of years and watched him build many successful brands,” Dana Schmaltz, Partner at Yellow Wood, said. “Adding Bill’s skillset to the great franchise we have at Freeman as the #1 Face Mask brand in the US will continue to accelerate our growth in this category, as well as other categories that we may enter through acquisitions and line extensions. We look forward to building another successful consumer platform business around Bill.”

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Cosmoprof partners with Founders Factory, opens early registration

BY Gisselle Gaitan

Cosmoprof North America is giving attendees of its annual b2b beauty exhibition show a treat by opening up registration early. Held once again at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, the show’s early bird registration with a 25% discount will be available until June 29. In addition, the company’s educational program also is now open for registration.

Furthermore, the Las Vegas-based company announced a collaboration with Founder’s Factory, a London-based global digital accelerator and incubator. Backed by L’Oréal, Aviva, easyJet, The Guardian, Holtzbrinck and CSC, the company has created a new model for corporate innovation and startup creation.

The two brand’s new partnership will allow CPNA 2018 attendees and exhibitors to learn about Founders Factory and apply to their Beauty Tech Accelerator program onsite at the annual event.

“The collaboration with Founders Factory enables CPNA to continuously maintain its leadership for offering unmatched business building networking and learning opportunities,” Daniela Ciocan, marketing director at CPNA, said. “We are thrilled for the opportunity to give our participants rare access into this revolutionary program.”

A Founders Factory lounge also will be located on the Interactive Technology space area on the show floor, where attendees can experience the latest in beauty tech solutions from program graduates and meet a company representative.

“Founders Factory provides one of the most tailored growth programs in the world and we have a mission to find and develop the most promising early-stage startups through an open innovation culture. We are a talent magnet and we are encouraging any budding entrepreneur with a passion for beauty and technology to come and visit us!” Laura Delgado, business development lead at Founders Factory, said. “Our collaboration with Cosmoprof North America offers an unparalleled platform for us to meet with best in beauty and ensure optimal program visibility.”

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Walgreens, The Skin Cancer Foundation kick off sun safety education program

BY Antoinette Alexander

Walgreens is helping to remind the public to stay sun-safe this summer by joining The Skin Cancer Foundation’s national mobile education program.

“As people spend more time outside enjoying their favorite summer activities, it’s especially important to remember that the sun’s rays can be very harmful if the proper precautions are not taken,” said Joe Hartsig, chief merchandising officer, Walgreens. “Walgreens is proud to join The Skin Cancer Foundation to heighten awareness around the need for prevention, and to bring outdoors the caring expertise we deliver every day in our stores in the community.”

The Destination: Healthy Skin Program, which is a national effort to educate the public about the importance of effective sun protection for skin cancer prevention and the importance of early detection, kicked off Tuesday in New York City. The program features a customized RV with two private exam rooms where local dermatologists volunteer their time to provide free full-body skin cancer screenings.

In addition to New York City, Walgreens will participate in Destination: Healthy Skin events in Miami, Houston, Denver and Chicago in June and July.

At the events, Walgreens will host interactive skincare experiences featuring specially trained Walgreens beauty consultants and pharmacists. These experts will be on-site to distribute sunscreen samples, educate visitors on the importance of sun protection, provide recommendations for sunburn treatment and talk with people about possible photosensitive effects of certain prescription medications.

Walgreens is also encouraging program participants to share their sunscreen knowledge by taking part in a social media activity called, “Show Us Your Sunscreen Face.” Visitors will receive samples of Walgreens sunscreen and are encouraged to apply it in a creative way, such as the “lifeguard nose.” Participants can then take a photo of their “sunscreen face” and share with their friends using a special hashtag.

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