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Understanding the Dynamics of the Beauty Market

The beauty market is undergoing a tremendous change, offering new challenges and opportunities. Join the leaders of the industry to discuss these changes at the WWD Beauty CEO Summit.

Speakers


  • Iman Iman is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of IMAN Cosmetics, Skincare, and Fragrances, a beauty company that created the first cosmetics and skincare collection designed for all women with skin of color. Launched in 1994, the IMAN brand philosophy holds that women with skin of color represent many races, cultures and ethnicities. IMAN Cosmetics, Skincare, and Fragrances are designed for African American, Asian, Latina, and multi-cultural women with skin tones in a myriad of shades. The brand offers skincare and cosmetics, including 16 foundation shades. IMAN Cosmetics, Skincare, and Fragrances are sold throughout the world, including the United States, Canada, UK, France, Brazil, Africa, and the Caribbean. Iman's first book, titled I am Iman (Universe, 2001), was an autobiographical sketchbook of her career that questions "the unserious business of fashion and beauty and its serious affect on identity." Her second book, The Beauty of Color, The Ultimate Beauty Guide for Skin of Color (Putnam Penguin 2005), is the first beauty and makeup book that truly addresses skin tones across the spectrum. Iman recently co-hosted Bravo's The Fashion Show with Isaac Mizrahi. Further broadening her horizons, she has designed IMAN GLOBAL CHIC, a line of handbags, jewelry, and fashion accessories sold exclusively on HSN.COM. Iman most recently launched IMAN HOME, a collection of globally influenced fabrics and chic home decor. A mother of two, Iman is married to David Bowie, with whom she has a daughter, Alexandria Zahra. Iman's elder daughter is Zulekha Haywood.
  • Jean-Paul Agon Jean-Paul Agon is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of L'Oreal, the world's leading beauty company. Mr. Agon joined L'Oreal in 1978 in the company's Consumer Products Division in France, before being appointed General Manager of L'Oreal Greece. In 1985, Mr. Agon returned to France as General Manager of L'Oreal Paris and was named International Managing Director of Biotherm four years later. In 1994, he became Managing Director of L'Oreal Germany. Following that position, L'Oreal Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Lindsay Owen-Jones entrusted Mr. Agon with the task of setting up and heading the L'Oreal Asia Zone, lending fresh impetus to these still-emerging markets. In 2001, Mr. Agon was named President of L'Oreal USA, leading a drive to win market share across every product category in a highly competitive environment. He was named Chief Executive Officer of L'Oreal in 2006 and in February of 2011 also became its Chairman. A man of action, Mr. Agon instills in L'Oreal the energy, rigor, and vision needed to successfully tackle the challenges of the third millennium. A man of conviction, he channels that same passion into promoting L'Oreal's ethical values, making the company a model of corporate citizenship. In 2009, Mr. Agon received the Ethical Resource Center's Pace Leadership in Ethics Award for L'Oreal's achievements in the areas of business ethics, diversity, financial transparency, and sustainable development. Mr. Agon also serves on the board of directors of Air Liquide, a world leader in gases for industry, health, and the environment.
  • Vivek Bali As Vice President and Business Head at Reliance Retail Ltd. in Bangalore, India, Vivek Bali leads the Cosmetics & Fragrances business unit across India. He works across Reliance retail formats in both the value and specialty businesses. A leader whose career spans 27 years, Mr. Bali has global experience as a marketing and sales strategist. His history includes a rich blend of brand building, retail, and business development work in India, Eastern Europe (CIS), and Canada. His experience covers categories in both the beauty business and non food fast moving consumer goods (NF FMCG) and spans value, mass, and premium segments. Prior to his current position at Reliance Retail Ltd., Mr. Bali was Director of Marketing at Avon Beauty Products India Pvt Ltd., a wholly owned Indian subsidiary of Avon Products Inc. While there, he successfully marketed global brands including Avon Color, Anew, Avon Solutions,
  • José Barra José Barra is Senior Vice President, Health & Beauty for Target Corporation. Mr. Barra joined Target in 2004 and has held several senior positions including Vice President and Divisional Merchandise Manager of Housewares, Divisional Merchandise Manager of Healthcare, Director of Merchandise Planning and Director of Strategy and Research.

    In his current role, Mr. Barra is responsible for the retailer's health and beauty businesses, including the merchandising and operations of more than 1,500 pharmacy locations, over-the-counter drugs, optical, healthcare compliance, in-store clinics and managed care partnerships. His dedication to continuous innovation and talent development has contributed to incremental growth for the company and supported Target's differentiated positioning in the marketplace.

    Prior to joining Target Mr. Barra worked for McKinsey & Company Inc., a global management consulting firm, serving leading businesses across Latin America.

    Mr. Barra currently serves on the board of directors for the National Association of Chain Drug Stores. He received an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business and earned his undergraduate degree in business administration from the University of Notre Dame.
  • E. Scott Beattie E. Scott Beattie is Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Elizabeth Arden, Inc. As one of the most recognized names in the beauty industry, Elizabeth Arden is a global prestige beauty products company operating in over 100 countries with sales in excess of $1.3 billion. In his role at Elizabeth Arden, Mr. Beattie has been involved in every element of the company's expansion and development since its inception in 1992. Mr. Beattie's vision and leadership has lead Elizabeth Arden through a modern transformation. His focus upon product innovation, brand development and global expansion has more than doubled the size of the Elizabeth Arden brand since its acquisition in 2001, and its fragrance portfolio has expanded to encompass over 165 owned and licensed brands. Additionally, Mr. Beattie has been involved in the financing, management and development of a number of private and publicly traded businesses in the consumer product, financial services, information technology, and retailing sectors through Bedford Capital, a Toronto-based private equity firm he co-founded in 1989. Prior to that, he served as a Vice President in the Mergers and Acquisitions group of Merrill Lynch, Inc. and as a Manager of Accenture Consulting. Mr. Beattie currently serves on the board and executive committee of the Personal Care Products Council, the board of directors of The Fragrance Foundation, Object Video, Inc. and the Ivey School of Business. Mr. Beattie has made philanthropy fundamental to the culture of Elizabeth Arden. The company supports a wide range of charitable, humanitarian and educational causes including Look Good…. Feel Better, The World Heart Federation's Go Red for Women Campaign, Make a Wish Foundation, PENCIL (Public Education Needs Civic Involvement in Learning) in NYC public schools, the Fashion Institute of Technology, Save the Children and other endeavors.
  • Jill Beraud Jill Beraud is a global executive with rich and varied experience leading iconic brands in fashion, beauty and consumer products. Prior to joining Living Proof as Chief Executive Officer, Ms. Beraud was President of the Starbucks/Lipton Joint Ventures and Global Chief Marketing Officer at Pepsico, where she was responsible for developing brand and marketing strategies for PepsiCo's $60 billion portfolio of food and beverage brands. Previously, Ms. Beraud spent 13 years at Limited Brands as Chief Marketing Officer of Victoria's Secret and Executive Vice President of Marketing for its broader portfolio of specialty brands, including Bath & Body Works, C.O. Bigelow, Express, Henri Bendel, and Limited Stores. She began her career at Procter & Gamble. Ms. Beraud received her MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor's of science degree from Boston University. She is currently on the board of directors of New York & Co. and board of governors for World of Children.
  • Pete Born Pete Born is Executive Editor, Beauty at WWD.
  • Eva Chen Teen Vogue Beauty and Health Director Eva Chen has worked with the magazine since 2003. A graduate of Johns Hopkins University and the School of Journalism at Columbia University, Eva strives to educate teens on the importance of self esteem, nutrition, and empowerment - as well as mascara and lipgloss! She has also worked at Harper's Bazaar, Lucky, and ELLE magazines.
  • John Paul DeJoria John Paul DeJoria's rags-to-riches biography exemplifies the American dream: he is a first-generation American turned entrepreneur, philanthropist, government servant, and pillar of the business community. Once homeless, he has struggled against the odds to achieve success and pay it forward, living by his motto, “Success unshared is failure.”

    In 1980, Mr. DeJoria and hairstylist Paul Mitchell converted a partially borrowed $700 into what is today the largest privately held salon haircare line. Mr. DeJoria and Mr. Mitchell had a vision to found a company for hairdressers—one that would provide tools of success for haircare professionals, their salons, and the entire beauty industry. Although Mr. Mitchell tragically died of pancreatic cancer in 1989, the dream he shared with Mr. DeJoria has flourished; the company currently produces more than 100 products, available in over 80 countries.

    Mr. DeJoria has made philanthropy paramount, insisting “corporations can and should change the world for the better.” In addition to other works, Mr. DeJoria recently launched a solely-funded philanthropic venture, Grow Appalachia. The organization aims to empower the hunger-stricken people of Appalachia by providing the skills and resources they need to grow organic, nutritious food, and teaching them how to prepare and preserve it in a healthy way. Grow Appalachia has fed more than 7,000 people since its inception two years ago.

    Mr. DeJoria steers the company according to its original vision, keeping his vow to stand by the professional beauty industry.
  • John Demsey As Group President, The Estee Lauder Companies Inc., John Demsey oversees the Estee Lauder, M·A·C, Tom Ford Beauty, and Prescriptives brands as well as the company's Specialty Group of brands, Bobbi Brown, Jo Malone, and La Mer, which were added to his portfolio in July 2009.

    Throughout his career, Demsey has demonstrated a unique ability to establish a brand's authority while continuing to respect its heritage. By continually developing innovative products, cultivating new markets, and establishing an unprecedented link between fashion, beauty, and entertainment, he has led the brands in his portfolio to unparalleled growth and expansion.

    In 2005 and 2006, Demsey served as Global Brand President of Estee Lauder and M.A.C, while also assuming responsibility for Sean John, Tom Ford Beauty, and Prescriptives. From 1998 to 2005, he served as President of M.A.C, where he grew the brand into a global makeup powerhouse. Prior to that, Demsey held several positions with Estee Lauder, including Senior Vice President, Sales and Education, Estee Lauder USA and Canada, where he was instrumental in expanding the brand's business and increasing market share. Prior to that, he was Vice President, Sales, in the West Coast region.

    Before joining The Estee Lauder Companies he worked as Vice President of Sales at the specialty division of Revlon and also held various executive positions with Bloomingdale's, Macy's, Benetton, and Saks Fifth Avenue.

    Demsey serves as Chairman of the M.A.C AIDS Fund, which has raised over $140 million through sales of the VIVA GLAM lipstick line and other initiatives. He is also an active participant in several AIDS-related organizations, including the Fashion Group International Advisory Board; Advisory Council of the Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS; Honorary Board of Love Heals; Love Heals, The Alison Gertz Foundation for AIDS Education; Executive Advisory Board of the Children Affected by AIDS Foundation; and AIDS Project Los Angeles.

    Demsey earned his M.B.A. from New York University and a B.S. degree from Stanford University.
  • Louis Desazars Louis Desazars is Chief Executive Officer of NARS Cosmetics. Since joining the company in 2008, he has spurred growth and innovation to make Nars a top beauty brand in North America and in other major markets around the world. Under his leadership, along with François Nars,

    Founder and Creative Director, NARS has undertaken such initiatives as as 15X15, the Bento Box and a flagship boutique on Bleecker Street in New York. Mr. Desazars began his career at Louis Vuitton Moet-Hennessy with Parfums Christian Dior, holding various executive positions in the international divisions. He joined Shiseido International Corporation (SIC) in 1996 as the group's Vice President overseeing the European market for Paris-based fragrance company Beaute Prestige International (BPI). After eight years of growth and expansion under his leadership, he was promoted to President of the BPI U.S. affiliate, at which time he moved to the United States.

    Mr. Desazars holds degrees from Science Po, University Paris Dauphine. and Harvard Business School, and is married with four children.
  • Graciela Eleta Graciela Eleta is senior vice president in the Client Development Group (CDG) at Univision Communications, Inc, the leading media company serving Hispanic America. CDG is a dedicated consulting team of 50 plus seasoned veterans from media, marketing and agency backgrounds who help marketers develop and execute their strategies to drive sales with Hispanics. She leads the Brand Solutions team, CDG's insights and strategy division. Ms. Eleta and her team work with clients to develop the business case for targeting Hispanics and roadmap to engage this consumer. They assist brands in unearthing consumer insights, analyzing category trends, assessing the competitive landscape, benchmarking industry best practices, driving creative relevance and consulting of consistency of media support. A cornerstone of their approach is helping companies evolve from treating Hispanic as a niche, to deploying a "total market strategy," where Hispanic is integrated into all phases of the business planning process. Ms. Eleta worked at Procter & Gamble for 21 years, most recently as vice president for Multicultural Business Development. In that capacity, she was responsible for developing marketing and retail strategies to win with Hispanic and African American consumers. Under her direction, P&G's multicultural division was widely recognized as an industry leader. Ms. Eleta previously served as general manager for P&G's Puerto Rico subsidiary, where she successfully launched brands like Pantene, Olay and Swiffer. Among her professional accolades, Ms. Eleta was honored as one of Advertising Ages' 2009 Women to Watch. She was recognized by Hispanic Business Magazine among the Top 25 Elite Women of the Year in 2004 and received the 2000 Top Management Award and the Executive of the Year" Sales & Marketing Association award. She has been prominently featured in several articles focused on Hispanic consumers, including Time magazine's "Diapers for Fatima" (February 2005) and Business Week's "Hispanic Nation." In December 2006, she was featured in a cover story in The Advertiser, the official magazine of the Association of National Advertisers, as "Procter & Gamble's shining star of Hispanic marketing." Since 2010, Ms. Eleta has served as a member of the Clorox Hispanic Advisory Council. Ms. Eleta earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics, magna cum laude, from Wellesley College and an MBA from Boston College. She is married, has two children and loves to read and travel.
  • Alan Ennis Alan Ennis has served as Revlon's President and Chief Executive Officer since 2009 and has been a Director on the company's board since 2009. Since his appointment, Mr. Ennis has focused on realizing the company's vision of glamour, excitement, and innovation through high-quality products at affordable prices. In addition, he works to profitably grow the business by building Revlon's strong brands, developing the company's organizational capability, driving Revlon to act globally, improving operating profit and cash flow, and improving Revlon's capital structure. With annual net sales of $1.3 billion globally and 4,800 employees, Revlon, under his leadership, has generated sustainable profit and positive cash flow and set the stage for growth. Prior to becoming Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Ennis served as President of Revlon International since 2008 and as the Company's Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer since 2006. Prior to these roles, he served as Senior Vice President, Corporate Controller and Chief Accounting Officer. Mr. Ennis joined Revlon in 2005 as Senior Vice President, Internal Audit. Prior to joining Revlon, Mr. Ennis held several senior positions with Ingersoll-Rand Company. He began his career in 1991 with Arthur Andersen in Dublin, Ireland. He has a bachelor's of commerce degree from University College, Dublin, Ireland and a Master's of Business Administration degree from New York University Stern. In his spare time, Alan enjoys running, golf, and swimming. He resides in New Jersey with his wife Michelle and three young children.
  • Jenny B. Fine Jenny B. Fine has been Editor-in-Chief of Beauty Inc, a sister publication of Women's Wear Daily (WWD), since November 2001. At the time, she was also named associate editor of WWD.
  • Muriel Gonzalez Muriel Gonzalez is the Executive Vice President, Cosmetics, Fragrance & Shoes at Macy's.
  • Jo Horgan Born in London, Jo Horgan spent most of her childhood in the UK before moving to Australia and settling in Perth. After receiving a B.A. in English literature from the University of Western Australia, Ms. Horgan pursued a master's degree in mass communications at Boston University. In 1992, she left the U.S. for a Product Manager position in the marketing division at L'Oreal UK and two years later returned to Australia for another position within the company.

    By 1997, Ms. Horgan had identified a disconnect in the Australian market between what was available to consumers and what they were purchasing internationally. After witnessing the surge in sales of niche cosmetics in London, Paris and throughout the U.S., Ms. Horgan realized Australian consumers' need for instant access to coveted products. That idea, coupled with a dedicated customer service model, inspired the launch of her beauty retail business, Today, Mecca Cosmetica offers 40 brands exclusively in the Australian market, counts 31 stores throughout Australia and New Zealand, operates an online store and will open four locations this year. Following the success of Mecca Cosmetica, Ms. Horgan launched a second unique beauty concept in 2005. Kit Cosmetics, a beauty lifestyle store offering 30 brands exclusively in the Australian market, now counts 10 stores throughout Australia.

    In October 2010, Ms. Horgan launched Mecca Maxima, an evolution of Mecca Cosmetica that brings an edited mix of prestige beauty brands together into one retail environment featuring more than 4,000 beauty products across 100 brands.
  • Wendy Liebmann
    Wendy Liebmann is recognized as one of the innovators of shopper insights. In 1986, she founded WSL/Strategic Retail to “get marketers out of their ivory towers to meet their shoppers on the selling floor,” whether that floor is real or virtual. 

    Ms. Liebmann and WSL/Strategic Retail are recognized for their ability to help clients build innovative retail strategies by understanding what influences how people shop in the United States and around the world—and how to utilize that understanding to drive innovation at retail. 

    Since 1989, WSL/Strategic Retail has published How America Shops, an ongoing nationwide survey that tracks shoppers’ mood, mindset, and behavior to predict evolving shopper behaviors and where retail is headed. 

    Ms. Liebmann is frequently called upon by the media to 
    provide insight into the state of retail and shopping. 
    She is a recognized speaker, regularly addressing business and educational organizations around the world. 

    Ms. Liebmann holds a degree in business and psychology from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. 
  • Joseph Magnacca Joseph Magnacca is President of Daily Living Products & Solutions for Walgreen Co., based in Deerfield, Illinois. Mr. Magnacca oversees Walgreens marketing and merchandising operations and successfully led the integration of the Duane Reade drugstores, which Walgreens acquired in April 2010. Duane Reade is New York's largest drugstore chain with more than 250 stores. A retail industry veteran of more than 20 years, Mr. Magnacca joined Duane Reade in 2008 as Senior Vice President and Chief Merchandising Officer. Following its acquisition, he was promoted to Executive Vice President, and then to President, of Duane Reade. Mr. Magnacca was the driving force behind the transformation of Duane Reade's urban model, revolutionizing the drugstore consumer experience. It includes the new beauty concept, The Look Boutique, combining prestige skin care and beauty along with mass beauty into a full service department with a department store look and feel. Many of these urban model concepts are being integrated into the Walgreens urban and suburban models, which are being developed leveraging the Duane Reade concept.
  • Marigay McKee For the last twelve years Marigay McKee has been integral in driving the Harrods business forward and positioning the store as a leading international destination for luxury. Travelling globally in search of the world's most coveted brands and instigating key developments in-store, she is widely regarded as an expert in the industry. In 2011, Ms McKee was appointed as Chief Merchant of Harrods, taking responsibility for further product areas - Fashion Accessories, Fine Jewellery, Luxury Watches and Gifts and Stationery in addition to all Apparel and Beauty categories. Ms McKee currently oversees more than 2,000 staff and 1,500 brands. In addition to her day job, she is the Chairman of the Vogue Fashion Fund mentoring Committee and on the board of the BFC (British Fashion Council). Prior to her present position, Ms McKee joined Harrods as a Senior Buyer of Perfumery and Cosmetics, with an already extensive background in the Beauty business including five years at Estée Lauder. In 2000, she became General Merchandise Manager of Beauty and was subsequently made the Director of Beauty in 2001. In 2004, Womenswear was added to her remit. In 2005, she was appointed to the Harrods Main Board and in 2007 was appointed as Group Director of Fashion and Beauty, overseeing Menswear, Childrenswear and Sports in addition to Womenswear and Beauty. Fluent in Spanish, French and Italian, Ms McKee has built an influential reputation both in the UK and further afield within Fashion and Beauty circles.
  • Marc Puig Marc Puig was born in Barcelona and studied Engineering at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. In 1990 he received an MBA from Harvard University on a scholarship from the 'La Caixa' bank. In 1991 he joined Antonio Puig S.A. as Director of R&D and New Product Development, a position which he held for 5 years. In 1996 Mr Puig was named President of Puig USA, a company distributing and marketing Carolina Herrera, Nina Ricci and Paco Rabanne perfumery products across North America. At this time he was also overseeing the Carolina Herrera Ltd. fashion company and was based in New York. In 2000 Mr Puig was appointed to the Board of Directors of Carolina Herrera Ltd. as Chairman and in 2001 returned to Barcelona to take up the position of President of the Fashion Division, overseeing the Carolina Herrera, Nina Ricci and Paco Rabanne fashion brands. He also held the position of Senior Vice President Corporate Development, both positions within the company. In 2004 Mr Puig was appointed CEO of Puig, and in February 2007 was also named as Chairman of the Puig Board of Directors. He continues to hold both of these positions today.
  • Desiree Rogers In 2010, Desiree Rogers became Chief Executive Officer of Johnson Publishing Company, publisher of EBONY and JET magazines and owner of Fashion Fair Cosmetics, a global prestige cosmetic brand for people of color.

     A bold visionary, Ms. Rogers is known for her ability to develop creative solutions for mature organizations facing changing industry dynamics and consumer tastes.

    Her career milestones include turning the Illinois Lottery, a mature organization facing rising competition and anti-gaming forces, into a stable, reliable, and popular revenue producer that revolutionized the sale of instant tickets through promotional partnerships. During her tenure, instant ticket sales doubled to $600 million.

    In 2004, Rogers was elected president of People Energy's, where she facilitated the 150-year old company's transition from a traditional, under the radar, entity to a responsive, customer-centric organization.

    In 2008, President Obama named Ms. Rogers the first black American Social Secretary. As Social Secretary her mandate was to help "people visualize what the Obama presidency is about, the values Americans voted for - ”inclusion, transparency, and the embracement of all people." Ms. Rogers serves on the boards of the Ad Council, DonorsChoose, Northwestern Memorial Foundation, and World Business Chicago.

    She has a B.A. degree in political science from Wellesley College and a M.B.A. from Harvard University.
  • Chuck Rubin Mr. Rubin, has served Chief Executive Officer since September 2010 and as President and Director since May 2010. Prior to joining Ulta, Mr. Rubin served as President of the North American Retail division of Office Depot Inc., from January 2006 to April 2010. Mr. Rubin first joined Office Depot as Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Merchandising Officer in 2004. Before that time, Mr. Rubin spent six years at Accenture, including three years as a partner, where he worked with a range of retail clients across department store, specialty store and ecommerce venues. Prior to that, Mr. Rubin held a number of senior merchandising and general management positions in the specialty retail and department store industry including with Federated Department Stores. Mr. Rubin was a member of the executive committee of the board of directors of The National Retail Federation from January 2007 to April 2010.
  • Lesley Jane Seymour Lesley Jane Seymour was named editor-in-chief of More magazine in January of 2008. More, with a circulation of 1.2 million, is recognized as the leading lifestyle magazine for women over 40, and was named Magazine of the Year by Advertising Age in 2006. Prior to joining Meredith Corporation, Seymour most recently served as the editor-in-chief of Marie Claire, which under her direction received a National Magazine Award nomination for General Excellence in 2006. During her tenure, Seymour spearheaded the magazine's signature cause-related programs, including Time to Talk Day, which raised awareness for domestic violence and the One World/One Wish campaign for the international relief organization Save the Children. Her experience in the women's lifestyle field also includes serving as the editor-in-chief of Redbook, where she repositioned the magazine, developed new editorial programs and features and guided the title to a National Magazine Award
  • Jeannine Shao Collins Jeannine Shao Collins is Senior Vice President of Meredith Publishing Group.
  • Zhuo Joe Wang Mr. Wang Zhuo has been Deputy General Manager in Shanghai Jahwa United Co., Ltd. since January 21, 2004. He used to serve as Brand Manager and Manager of Brand Management in the Company. He also served as Chief Marketing Officer in an American technology company. He holds a Master's degree.

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May 14 - 16, 2012

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The dynamics of the beauty market are undergoing a tremendous change, offering new challenges and opportunities. Industry-wide, there is a greater push for innovation, an acceleration of global growth, a realignment of the retail experience, an increased demand from an aging population, and a widespread multiculturalism that influences the way we market, the products we sell, and the images we see.

What does it take to lead in this new world? Hear from those who are doing it: Join the leaders of the industry to discuss the changing face of beauty at the WWD Beauty CEO Summit.

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