• Avon: revealed that Sheri McCoy will step down as chief executive officer and as a director on March 31, 2018. She joined the
company in 2012.
“Leading Avon for the past five years alongside Avon’s dedicated management, associates and representatives has been an honor, and I am proud of what we have achieved together,”said McCoy
in a press statement. “We’ve made great progress in strengthening
the Avon brand through new positioning, increased investment in
social media, and innovative, high-quality products. We continue
to live up to our purpose of empowering women by supporting
and advancing Avon’s global network of nearly 6 million women,
while also having rebuilt a culture of accountability.”
Unfortunately, McCoy and company were unable to turn
around Avon’s fortunes as sales continue to slide and active representatives jump ship. Financial analysts were particularly perturbed by the company’s decision to sell more than 80% of its US
and Canada business for a song to Cerberus Capital Management.
• Shiseido Americas: a subsidiary of Tokyo-based, global cosmetics firm Shiseido Company, Limited, appointed Susan L.
Jurevics as president of Bare Escentuals Beauty, Inc.
In her role, Jurevics will be responsible for the development
and implementation of the strategic vision and growth plan for
bareMinerals, one of the largest brands in Shiseido Group’s global portfolio. She will lead all aspects of the bareMinerals brand in
close coordination with the bareMinerals team as well as other
regions across the globe.
Jurevics has more than 25 years of general management, marketing and brand-building experience at leading entertainment,
media and technology companies. Prior to joining bareMinerals,
Jurevics served as chief executive officer and board director of J.K.
Rowling’s Pottermore, the digital publishing, entertainment, e-commerce and news company for Harry Potter and J.K. Rowling’s
Wizarding World, from 2013 to 2017, where she evolved the brand
by changing the product offering and business model to develop
a sustainable direct consumer business, working closely with J.K.
Rowling, Pottermore’s board and Warner Bros. to deliver results
and co-manage the franchise.
Prior to this role, Jurevics held several leadership positions
across Sony Corporation, including senior vice president, global
retail CRM and brand marketing, leading the transformation of
Sony.com into a high-performing consumer site with broad-reaching social channels. Prior to Sony, she held key positions at
Mattel and Nickelodeon.
• INOLEX: continues to add to its research and development
team. Jiangmin Chen, PhD, joined the R&D team as synthesis
chemist. Chen brings more than five years of industrial pharma-
ceutical medicinal chemistry collaboration experience to the team.
Zongyu Zhang, PhD, has joined the R&D team as research
scientist. Bringing several years of experi-
ence in one of the largest cosmetic com-
panies in China, Shanghai Jahwa. Zhang
will also be responsible for coordinating
the testing projects globally in the new
Guanghzou microbiology lab to support
development and sales of alternative pres-
The company also hired Joseph
Liptock as a part of its global sales team.
He is technical account director responsible for servicing Western US accounts.
Previously, he was director of research
and development at Kate Somerville,
where he managed the technical development of high-end cosmetics.
The company also made personnel
additions at its “Center of Excellence” in
Guangzhou, China. Anna Gao recently
joined in the role of account manager, East of China. Prior to
her new position at Inolex, she held several marketing and sales
engineer roles in the beauty care industry,
most recently with Bronson & Jacobs.
Mengru Li joined the Guangzhou lab
as a microbiologist. She holds a Masters
of Engineering in aquatic products pro-
cessing and a BS in Engineering in food
science and engineering. Her research in
microbiology and molecular biology will
be fundamental to the operations of the
lab, said the firm.
Jane Xiong, who has a background in chemical engineering
and technology, is now an application manager. Xiong, who had
been manager of R&D at Guangzhou Sheencolor Cosmetic Co.,
holds numerous patents in the field of cosmetics.
• Pilot Chemical Company: welcomed Jason Denlinger as its
new corporate environmental, health and safety (EHS) manager.
He will oversee the development and implementation of health
and safety programs and maintain Pilot’s commitment to reducing the environmental impact of its operations.
Denlinger brings more than 20 years of experience in managing EHS programs and most recently served as director of EHS at
AGC Glass Company North America in Cincinnati, OH. •
FOR WHOM THE DOORBELL TOLLS:
AVON CEO WILL STEP DOWN