The Society of Cosmetic Chemists (SCC) has created the Madam C.J. Walker Scholarship with funding from Mary Kay Inc. to support minority students in the cosmetic sciences field. The scholarship will aid those pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree as part of the SCC’s initiative to encourage diversity, equity, and inclusion in cosmetics and personal care. A pioneer of direct sales, Madam Walker (born Sarah Breedlove, 1867-1919) is regarded as the first female self-made millionaire in America. Born to former slaves, Walker transformed herself through entrepreneurship, developing a line of cosmetics and hair-care products for black women.
Global beauty powerhouse Mary Kay announced the closure of its businesses in both Australia and New Zealand. The decision was made due to decline in market conditions and wariness of future sustainability in both countries. Mary Kay’s salesforce will be able to return product until April 6, 2020.
Plexus Worldwide has hired Ulli Lindauer as chief marketing officer. She will oversee all marketing strategies and initiatives for product management, creative services and customer analytics. Lindauer has more than two decades of experience including executive brand and marketing roles at Fossil Group, Bond No. 9, Chanel and L’Oreal.
Albert Bosch will assume the role of CEO for North America at BEMER Group. He will run all North American management and operations for the European-based company, reporting to Robert Moll, the company’s Global CEO. Prior to this position, Bosch has held executive positions at It Works! and spent 20 years at Tupperware Brands where he held president and managing director roles.
Kim Drabik has joined Plexus Worldwide as director of government relations. Drabik will drive strategy toward good public policy and stakeholder engagement with local, state, federal and global government affairs. She previously spent 28 years at Amway, having served in numerous roles culminating with managing industry and shareholder relations and serving as primary strategic council.
Look Good Feel Better® (LGFB) has appointed Mary Kay Cosmetics Ltd. General Manager Lynda Rose as chair of the board of directors. LGFB helps women and teens manage the appearance-related effects of cancer and its treatment, and Rose has been a supporter of the organization since its inception. Today, Mary Kay Beauty Consultants make up 50 percent of the LGFB volunteer team.