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2011 People to Know

By: GCI Editors
Posted: January 20, 2011, from the January 2011 issue of GCI Magazine.

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As senior vice president, R&D at The Estée Lauder Companies, Inc., Daniel Maes oversaw all aspects of skin biology, biochemistry, cell biology, microbiology, analytical chemistry, raw material administration, public relations, polymer technology, physical chemistry and the external research program in the U.S., as well as in Europe. In short, Maes did a lot for the creation of many well-known, high sales products—including Estée Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair.

Now retired and an industry consultant, Maes remains devoted to the development of new antiaging technologies for cosmetics, leveraging a career that spans more than 30 years and his deep-seeded knowledge of product development.

And Maes’ place in the industry does not rest solely on his ability to develop cutting-edge technologies (though he has been regarded as an authority on DNA repair, glycation, collagen synthesis and skin barrier function). He has also earned a reputation for understanding consumer needs and communicating discoveries with great passion and clarity.

In January 2009, Maes was awarded the prestigious “Prix Recherche” Award for his work on Lauder’s Perfectionist [CP+] wrinkle-correcting serum, as well as for his work in research during the past two decades, at the annual Marie Claire “Prix D’Excellence de la Beauté” Awards held in Paris, France.

In addition, Maes is known for championing the idea of “aging as an inflammatory disease” that should be treated by slowing down the aging process and controlling oxidative and inflammatory reactions.

Lisa M. Crary