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Western Europe: Mature and Vibrant

By: Karen A. Newman
Posted: October 13, 2008, from the March 2006 issue of GCI Magazine.

Much is written about the iconic companies of the beauty industry that make their corporate homes in Western Europe, a region that market data reports call “mature.” Still, that mature region continues to drive growth and innovation in the industry around the world. This report focuses on three organizations that provide structure, support and expanding opportunity to the people and companies doing business in Western Europe and beyond: Cosmetic Executive Women (CEW) UK, Cosmetic Valley in France’s Loire Valley and Cosmoprof Bologna.

Professional Development, Recognition, Philanthropy Cosmetic Executive Women (CEW) UK follows a tradition that started in the United States in 1954, crossed the Atlantic to France in 1986, and took root in the United Kingdom in 1992. Like its U.S. model, CEW (UK) has a philanthropic mission, raising money for Centrepoint, a charity that helps young, homeless women find new direction, and for Cancer and Careers, supported by Roche.

The board of directors reads like the microcosm of the industry that CEW is, and the association announced newly appointed members of its board of directors on January 25. Nancy Cruickshank, managing director, handbag.com; Jan Adcock, group publishing director, The National Magazine Company; Daniela Rinaldi, perfumery, cosmetics and concessions controller, Harvey Nichols; Tracy Stone, head of beauty buying, House of Fraser; Roisin Donnelly, senior marketing director, P&G; Debbie Lewis, commercial director, Clarins; Sally Scott, marketing director, Selfridges; Sue Peart, editor, You Magazine; and Emma Dawson, communications director, L’Oréal Luxury Products. Their terms began March 1.

“In appointing these senior women to the board, we looked to having a cross section of skill-sets representing the beauty industry,” said Caroline Neville, president, CEW (UK). Organization leadership also includes chairman Liz Garrett, Lancaster Group UK; Sarah Griffith, The Estée Lauder Companies; Aileen Taylor, Eric Salmon & Partners; Karen Berman, The Karen Berman Consultancy; Eileen Cavalier, The London College of Beauty Therapy; Trudi Collister, Aramis & Designer Fragrances; Jenny Halpern, Prince, Halpern, Ltd.; Linda Harmon, Quest International; Sarah Jezard, World Duty Free/BAA Retail; Imogen Matthews, Imogen Matthews Associates; Nicola Mendelsohn, Grey London; Jo Morrell, eve magazine; Simone Plaskow, JSL Concepts Ltd.; Rachel Reavley, Vogue; Justine Southall, National Magazine Company; and Amy Taylor, Clinique.

An ambitious program schedule has brought CEW (UK) members face-to-face with industry icons, stars of stage and screen, and members of the royal family. In 2005, Emma Soames, Jasper Conran, Elle Macpherson, Elizabeth Hurley and Sarah Jessica Parker shared their insights with members. In previous years, the Duchess of York, Ruby Wax and Liz Earle have been on the program.