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CCA Industries announces resignation of two directors

BY Antoinette Alexander

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — CCA Industries, whose brands include Plus+White toothpastes, Scar Zone scar treatment and Nutra Nail nail care, has announced the resignation of Sardar Biglari and Philip Cooley as directors of the company. 

Biglari is chairman and CEO and Cooley is vice chairman of the board of Biglari Holding. According to CCA Industries, Biglari and Cooley stated in their resignation letters that their resignations were not the result of any disagreements with the company.
 

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Coty announces new organizational structure

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK — Coty has unveiled a new organizational structure to create a more integrated model built around categories and regions while maintaining prestige and mass differentiation.

"This evolved organization design will help us to advance our path to profitable growth," said Coty CEO Michele Scannavini. "We will be more consumer-driven, sharper in priority setting and resource allocation, and more agile, reducing duplications and redundancies over time. We are confident that this new organization will allow us to unleash the full potential of our brands and our talent."

The new organization design evolves from two stand-alone divisions, Coty Prestige and Coty Beauty, and is expected to bring a more holistic view of consumer evolution and growth opportunities by product category. According to the company, the global will improve coordination and resource allocation between channels and markets, and increase the focus on specific consumer and retailer needs within each region. Further, it will eliminate duplication, ultimately bringing operational efficiencies to help accelerate growth and will generate additional resources to be re-invested behind Coty's power brands and strategic markets. The new organization will be structured as follows:

Categories and Innovation   

Renato Semerari, previously president of Coty Beauty, will assume the new role of president of categories and innovation. Under his leadership, this new group, integrating marketing, R&D, communications, digital and consumer marketing Insight, will become the engine of strategic category and brand development. All Coty brands will be housed under four consumer-driven categories: fragrance, skin care, color cosmetics and body care. Each category will have dedicated teams with specific skills and competencies to develop the prestige and mass portfolio with total respect for each of the brand's DNA and positioning. Leaders of the four categories will be:

  • Steve Mormoris, previously in charge of Coty Prestige – American fragrance marketing, is appointed CMO fragrances;
  • Johanna Businelli, previously in charge of Coty Beauty – color cosmetics marketing, is appointed CMO color cosmetics;
  • Jill Scalamandre, previously responsible for Coty Prestige – skin care marketing, is appointed CMO skin care; and
  • Jurgen Scharfenstein, previously responsible for Coty Beauty – Adidas and lifestyle fragrance marketing, is appointed CMO body care.

Global Markets  

Jean Mortier, previously president, Coty Prestige, will be appointed president of global markets, to better leverage the company's global scale and bring stronger sales execution. The markets will be organized under four regions: North America, Europe, APAC/MEA and Latin America. Each will be led by a SVP along with dedicated management teams to steer the business according to specific consumer and retailer needs and priorities. This new structure will support the progress toward developing a stronger global footprint. Leaders of the four regions will be:

  • North America: Marc Rey, also president, Coty USA;
  • Europe: Stephane Tsassis;
  • APAC/MEA: Peggy Elsrode; and
  • Latin America: Manlio Pizzorni.

Supply chain, finance, IT, human resources and legal functions will be reorganized to best support categories and regions.
 

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Study: High levels of vitamin D associated with bowel cancer survivability

BY Michael Johnsen

EDINBURGH, England — Bowel cancer patients with high levels of vitamin D in their blood are more likely to survive the disease, according to a study released Wednesday and published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. Patients with the highest levels of vitamin D have half the risk of dying compared with those with the lowest levels, according to the research.
 
The study is the first to correlate total blood levels of vitamin D in bowel cancer patients after their diagnosis — which includes that produced after exposure to sunlight and that obtained from dietary sources — with their long-term survival prospects.
 
The University of Edinburgh team tested blood samples from almost 1,600 patients after surgery for bowel cancer.
 
The greatest benefit of vitamin D was seen in patients with stage-2 disease, at which the tumour may be quite large but the cancer has not yet spread.
 
Researchers found that three-quarters of the patients with the highest vitamin D levels were still alive at the end of five years, compared with less than two thirds of those with the lowest levels.
 
"Our findings are promising but it is important to note that this is an observational study," cautioned Malcolm Dunlop, of the Medical Research Council Human Genetics Unit at the University of Edinburgh. "We need carefully designed randomised clinical trials before we can confirm whether taking vitamin D supplements offers any survival benefit for bowel cancer patients."
 
The study's authors aim to set up a clinical trial to test whether taking vitamin D tablets in combination with chemotherapy can improve bowel cancer survival rates.
 
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