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Thought Leaders Explore Innovation; Consumers as Stakeholders

Posted: February 7, 2012

Senior executives from global beauty brands will lead discussions on innovation and new product development at the InnoCos Europe conference (May 30-31, Geneva, Switzerland) and InnoCos USA conference (July 11–12, New York)—the first U.S. InnoCos event. The two-day events feature interactive workshops and case study sessions on new trends, new markets, new products and how brand owners can maximize business success by putting innovation at the core of their company.

“InnoCos Europe has been such a huge success over the last two years that executives in the U.S. were asking us to bring the event to North America," said Lisanne Vos, chief creative officer at event owner KGS B.V.
 "So we are happy to announce that InnoCos will be held in both Europe and the U.S. this year.”

In 2012, the event program, "Connect, Collaborate, Innovate," explores what happens, in today's fast-paced environment where rapid and continuous new product development is the norm and consumers are active stakeholders in the development process. The digital age is encouraging mass customization of how products are developed and how they are marketed and sold globally. To truly stay ahead, say event organizers, companies need to respond quickly and decisively to global trends, transforming traditional customer-facing functions into activities with a competitive edge.

Among the thought leaders presenting, Jacques Mathieu, senior director consumer Insight, Oriflame, will examine how to listen, learn and innovate through a dedicated web-community, and Valerie Hoecke, vice president digital experience and commerce, Benefit Cosmetics, will discuss how to utilize digital and social media for local market innovation.

At the European event, Rimma Driscoll, associate director EMEA, global business development, P&G, will focus on trends impacting beauty brands and their consumers, while George-Edouard Dias, senior vice president e-business, L’Oréal, will take on the subject at the U.S. event.