The industry leaders on the GCI magazine editorial advisory board reflect GCI magazine’s readership and the broad range of businesses they represent.
Alisa Marie Beyer
Coastal Salt & Soul
is the founder of Coastal Salt & Soul, a collection of artisanal bath, body and home products that are handcrafted with a romantic, vintage and seaside spirit. She is also the founder of The Beauty Company (TBC), a global beauty consulting firm offering business, strategy, consumer intelligence and branding.
Beth Ann Catalano
Beth Ann Catalano was a regional sales manager for Lancôme in the 1980s when there was a commitment to making Lancôme as big as Estée Lauder. By 2000, she was vice president of sales at Unilever, where she led the introduction of the Vera Wang fragrance. From there, she went on to lead the Guerlain division at LVMH.
She met co-president of twist new.brand.venture Tina Hedges shortly after each had quit jobs that were the culmination of many years of learning the industry and climbing the corporate ladder. The two were in the midst of putting together their idea for a brand incubator that they named twist.new.brand.venture, when a phone call brought them their first project—to put together financing and a management team and began development on what would become Jonathan Product, for Bravo’s celebrity stylist Jonathan Antin.
Marie Alice Dibon
Alice Communications, Inc.
Marie Alice Dibon, PharmD, is the principal at Alice Communications, Inc., helping companies in the life science sector to develop innovative technologies.
LPK Beauty Group
Liz Grubow is vice president and group creative director of the LPK Beauty Group. In her 20-plus year career, Grubow has helped develop and manage brand identity programs for some of the world’s most successful beauty brands—including Pantene, Olay, MAX Factor International and Cover Girl. She has been recognized internationally by the prestigious London International Advertising Awards for Design and has been bestowed with the Procter & Gamble CEO Design Award. She has also been named a CLIO finalist and a finalist for the DESI Award at the New York Art Directors Show.
Tina Hedges believes that her most formative years were her first few years in the beauty industry. In 1989, Bernd Metzger, the president of Parfums Christian Dior, was looking for some new energy and new blood with a global perspective. Hedges joined his “Polyglots” program—a young international force with global backgrounds that he felt would bring a fresh approach to the beauty industry. From there she went to work in product development at Princess Marcella Borghese. After leaving Borghese, followed her mentor to Estée Lauder.
She met co-president of twist new.brand.venture Beth Ann Catalano shortly after each had quit jobs that were the culmination of many years of learning the industry and climbing the corporate ladder. The two were in the midst of putting together their idea for a brand incubator that they named twist.new.brand.venture, when a phone call brought them their first project—to put together financing and a management team and began development on what would become Jonathan Product, for Bravo’s celebrity stylist Jonathan Antin.
Alchimie Forever, The Polla Beauty Group
Ada Polla is the co-creator of the Swiss antioxidant skin care line Alchimie Forever, which launched in the U.S. in 2004. Her strategic focus and implementation have yielded double-digit annual revenue growth for the company. She holds an MBA from Georgetown University, majored in art history and political science at Harvard University and graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1999.
A. Rich Development
Art Rich grew up in New York City and graduated from Columbia University with a B.S. in pharmacy. He then attended the University of Iowa, where he received an M.S. in physical pharmacy and a PhD in pharmaceutical chemistry. His thesis work focused on the chemical complexation between various medicinal agents and common pharmaceutical excipients.
Dr. Rich spent his professional career in the R&D areas of a number of the major cosmetic, personal care and pharmaceutical companies. These have included Johnson & Johnson (Senior Scientist), Ortho Pharmaceutical (Group Leader), Avon Products (Section Manager) and Bath and Body Works (Senior Director). Since 2001, he has been president of A. Rich Development, a consulting firm involved in the creation and development of products for the personal care and beauty industries.
He is a member of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists, New York Academy of Sciences, American Academy for the Advancement of Science and the Sigma Xi Honor Society.
H2O+ Beauty Care
Rick Ruffolo, a member of the GCI editorial advisory board, is president and CEO of H2O+, a global beauty care and personal care brand with operations in over 40 countries around the world. Mr. Ruffolo's industry-recognized expertise was honed while serving in executive roles at P&G, SC Johnson, Bath & Body Works, Yankee Candle, Crabtree & Evelyn, and Sensible Organics, in addition to the consultancy he founded in 2010, R4 Innovations.
Cristina Samuels is an executive vice president at Zela International and co-creator of Mode Cosmetics. Mode’s pioneering concept of superior-performance, beneficial beauty continues the legacy of Zela’s 50-year heritage in cosmetic creation.