The Independent Cosmetics Manufacturers and Distributors (ICMAD) association announced Robb Akridge, PhD, co-founder of Clarisonic, as its new chairman of the board. It also welcomed six new members to the ICMAD board of directors. With a mission of fostering growth and success in independent beauty companies, ICMAD selects board members with extensive expertise and knowledge in the beauty, cosmetic and personal care industry. Comprised of top executives and owners of innovative cosmetic brands, the board provides ICMAD members with the information and advice they need to further develop their companies and move the beauty industry forward.
Joining the ICMAD board of Directors are six noteworthy members from beauty entrepreneurs to skin care executives. New member Susan Goldsberry is the President and CEO of Benchmark Cosmetic Laboratories, where she works with today’s top brands to provide cutting-edge research as well as specialized product development. Also joining the board is Shawn Tavakoli, founder and CEO of The Beauty Collection, a growing prestige beauty retailer, and Terry Schatz, COO of professional skin care line Bioelements. With her new board position, Colleen Pierce offers ICMAD members over 35 years of sales management experience with prestige beauty and advanced skin care brands, and Ada Polla, co-creator of Swiss-based skin care line Alchimie Forever and GCI editorial advisory board member, and Mary S. Ptak, tradeshow division manager at Masterpiece International Ltd., will also share their industry experience and knowledge with the ICMAD board and its members.
The complete 2014–2015 ICMAD board consists of:
- Chairman of the board: Robb Akridge, PhD (Clarisonic/L’Oréal luxury division)
- Secretary: Sharon Blinkoff (Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP)
- Treasurer: Craig Weiss (Consumer Product Testing Co.)
- Chairman emeritus: Stan Katz (Cosmetic Index), Susan Goldsberry (Benchmark Cosmetic Laboratories), Tracy Holland (HatchBeauty), Jane Iredale (Iredale Mineral Cosmetics, Ltd.), Chris James (East Hill Industries), Terry Schatz (Bioelements), David Steinberg (Steinberg & Associates), Shawn Tavakoli (The Beauty Collection), Lisa Thurman (AmazingCosmetics), Joe Atencio (ChemAid Laboratories, Inc.), Howard Baker (Product Integrity Laboratory LLC), Michael Benjamin (Temptu, Inc.), Marva Kalish (Marketing Plus Consultants), Deborah Lippmann (Deborah Lippmann), John Maly (Mirabella Beauty), Joe Mastalia (ECRU Lifestyle Beauty), Pamela Viglielmo (Menaji Worldwide), JuE Wong (StriVectin), Bill Zrebiec (Cosmetic Essence, Inc.), Daniela Ciocan (SoGeCos Americas), Curran Dandurand (C.O. Bigelow), Jeff Murad (Murad Skin Research Labs), Colleen Pierce (C Pierce Strategies, LLC), Ada Polla (Alchimie Forever/Masterpiece International Ltd.)