BEAUTY CARE

P&G announces new appointments

BY Antoinette Alexander

CINCINNATI Procter & Gamble has announced two organizational changes, including the appointment of Ed Shirley, current group president of P&G North America, to vice chair of Global Beauty & Grooming.

Effective July 1, Shirley will assume his new role, reporting to Susan Arnold, president of Global Business Units. Shirley will continue to be based in Cincinnati.

Steve Bishop, current president of North America Market Operations, will succeed Shirley as president of P&G North America. Bishop will report to Werner Geissler, vice chair of Global Operations. Bishop will also remain in Cincinnati.

“Ed is the right leader to accelerate the long-term growth of P&G’s beauty businesses,” stated A.G. Lafley, P&G chairman and chief executive officer. “He has a proven track record of leadership results, He knows how to win with consumers and retail customers in fast-growing, highly complex categories. He has breadth and depth of experience in general management, finance, marketing, sales and supply chain. He knows how to leverage retail partnerships and supply chain leadership to drive top- and bottom-line growth. He’s a great collaborator and partner. And he’ll bring a ‘fresh lens’ to help identify new opportunities and connections for consumer delight and customer business growth.”

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Revlon introduces Hot Air 1500 watt styler

BY Adam Kraemer

NEW YORK Revlon this week unveiled its latest styling hairdryer, the Hot Air 1500.

Featuring three attachments and Revlon’s Tourmaline Ionic Technology, which utilizes hair conditioning ions that help reduce the size of water droplets on the hair, the dryer dries hair fast and leaves it frizz-free and shiny, according to the company. It also creates even heat distribution to prevent damaging hot spots.

Other special features of the Hot Air 1500 include an airflow concentrator for precise styling, an adjustable styling brush and a tangle-free swivel cord.

The Revlon Hot Air 1500 Watt Styler is available for a suggested $34.99.

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Mintel reports large increase in market for natural personal-care products

BY Alaric DeArment

CHICAGO Once the domain of hippies and college town residents, organic personal-care products are now in, according to market research firm Mintel.

The market for organic and natural personal-care products has grown by 35 percent, from $345 million in 2005 to $465 million today. In addition, new product launches in the market have increased from 554 three years ago to 846 in 2007.

Retailers and manufacturers have begun partnering to produce products, notably Walgreens and the Yes To Carrots brand, which blends vitamins and minerals, juices from orange-colored fruits and vegetables rich in beta-carotene and mud from the Dead Sea to create skin and hair products.

Women constitute the bulk of people using the products, though many appeal to men as well. Hispanics, too, represent a growing market, Mintel reported.

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