Independent Cosmetics Manufacturers and Distributors (ICMAD) announced senior vice president and global general manager of Clarisonic Dr. Robb Akridge will be the keynote speaker at the 11th Annual Cosmetic Innovators of the Year (CITY) Awards. Taking place on June 11, 2014, the award ceremony celebrates bold independent companies that are changing the face of the beauty and personal care industry one product at a time. As an industry veteran and influencer, Dr. Akridge offers a wealth of experience, knowledge, and inspiration for the up-and-coming beauty brands being honored.
As the co-founder of Pacific Bioscience Laboratories, the makers of the Clarisonic Sonic Skin Cleansing System and Opal Sonic Infusion System, Dr. Akridge has been at the forefront of beauty innovation and development for over a decade. Armed with a mission to create technologically advanced and clinically proven products that truly make a difference in skin care, health and beauty, he currently focuses on the global expansion of the Clarisonic brand as well as new product development and international marketing. Previously, he served as the vice president of clinical research at Clarisonic and has more than 25 years of experience in medical and global health research. He is a current research member of the American Academy of Dermatology and a board member of ICMAD.
The annual ICMAD CITY Awards is attended by industry insiders and influencers from all over the world, making it an important event for the world of beauty and personal care. Judged by five beauty insiders ranging from editors to entrepreneurs and executives, the CITY Awards will be given to breakthroughs in product, packaging, and advertising and marketing in the past year.