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The Kirschner Group invited Kevin Otero, previously in leadership at P&G where he oversaw Wella, Sebastian, Nioxin and Clairol, to consult during its annual management strategy and planning meetings.

“Kevin is one of the smartest gentlemen we have in our business and understands all aspects of the global beauty industry,” says Harlan. The Kirschner Group’s team meets quarterly for management planning and sets their global strategies every December. Reach Harlan at Visit




L’Oreal USA announces the departure of two long-time L’Oreal leaders, along with several new executive appointments. All newly appointed executives will join the L’Oreal USA Strategic Committee.

Pat Parenty will retire from his role as president of Professional Products Division U.S. Pat joined the PPD team in the U.S. in 1997 as vice president of sales for Redken, before progressing to president of PPD U.S. in November 2010. In this position he transformed its business model through the strategic creation and implementation of SalonCentric, a national distributer of salon professional products with more than 575 locations in 48 states.

David Greenberg has been appointed to group president of Professional Products Division North America and will hold direct responsibility for the division’s U.S. and Canada operations at SalonCentric. Ikdeep Singh is the new brand president of Maybelline, Garnier and Essie within the Consumer Products Division. Tim Coolican is now the brand president of L’Oreal Paris. After a successful 30-year career with L’Oreal USA, Sarah Hibberson will depart from her role as senior vice president of human resources. Stephane Charbonnier has been promoted to senior vice president of human resources and chief human resources officer for L’Oreal USA.




Charles Allan Barry Fox—known as Chuck Fox—has died at the age of 81. Along with owning Shear Technology, which he sold to Belson, Chuck held other positions in the professional beauty industry.

Always behind the scenes—and that’s the way he liked it—Chuck was called on to spearhead programs and projects for distributors, including Columbia, Peels, Xenon Schools, Bay State and Emiliani, to name a few, and manufacturers like Spilo for at least 30 years, and was known for his professionalism, fairness and kindness.




The professional beauty industry was both shocked and devastated to learn of the untimely death of beloved industry icon Fabio Sementilli, the vice president of education for Coty Professional Beauty North America. This incredibly proud and talented hairdresser and educator died tragically January 23 during an apparent robbery and carjacking incident near his home in Southern California.




Under CEO Fabian Garcia, Revlon has announced that it’s focused on brand growth, with plans to become a $5-billion company in five years. To that end, the company has announced a dramatic reorganization that puts the brands—as opposed to the distribution channels—in the spotlight.




Henkel Beauty Care Hair Professional North America will open a new facility in the Los Angeles area. It will house the U.S. headquarters for Henkel’s North American professional hair care brands—Schwarzkopf Professional, Alterna, Kenra Professional and Sexy Hair. The company will relocate operations from current headquarters in Culver City, CA, New York City, Indianapolis and Chatsworth, CA, respectively, to the new facility in mid-2017.




Having an environmentally friendly ethos is important to consumers. A Nielsen study found that 75% of millennials are willing to pay extra for sustainable offerings, including a defined social and societal impact.

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