Bios for CEW's Formula For Success Panelists

Kathy Widmer, a West Point graduate who came from a long line of army officers, joined Elizabeth Arden in 2009 as executive vice president and chief marketing officer. In that position, she is responsible for the global growth strategy and marketing execution of the Elizabeth Arden brand, as well as the company’s portfolio of fragrances, which includes Juicy Couture, John Varvatos, Curve, Elizabeth Taylor White Diamonds, Taylor Swift and Britney Spears. Prior to joining Elizabeth Arden, Widmer spent 21 years in the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies, where she began in operations and supply chain positions, transitioned to marketing, and advanced through positions of increasing responsibility to become vice president of marketing for the McNeil Consumer Healthcare Company, where she led brands such as Tylenol, Motrin and St. Joseph’s. Prior to J&J, she served for five years as a U.S. Army officer, reaching the rank of captain and battery commander of a 400-soldier training unit at Fort Sill, Oklahoma.

Olivier Gillotin is a vice president perfumer at Givaudan. During his 30-year career he has created such classic fragrances as Elizabeth Arden Red Door, as well as designing modern statements in perfumery for new brands, including Taylor Swift. Born in Nantes, France, Gillotin trained at the Givaudan Perfumery School, spent 17 years with IFF, and gained international experience in Argentina, Mexico, Holland, Brazil, France, and the U.S. He held position in Europe at Creations Aromatiques and rejoined Givaudan in 1999, where he created such fragrances as Givenchy L’Interdit, Elizabeth Taylor White Diamonds, Victoria’s Secret Sexy Little Things Noir, Beyonce Heat, Halle Berry Reveal The Passion and, most recently, Ralph Lauren Big Pony For Her Number 4.

Ron Rolleston, executive vice president, creative and new business development, Elizabeth Arden, served in a series of executive marketing, creative and sales roles at Elizabeth Arden since 1999. He has been in his current position since 2010, and is responsible for the creation of all the advertising and packaging at Elizabeth Arden and for licensing all new fragrance brands. In that role he has been the architect for the signing and development of numerous celebrity brands including Taylor Swift, Mariah Carey and Britney Spears. He previously held positions as general manager of Europe for the Calvin Klein Cosmetics Company, and was responsible for the launch of Obsession and Eternity. He began his career at L’Oréal, where he worked in finance, sales and marketing.