BEAUTY CARE

Physicians Formula board member Brown to resign

BY Antoinette Alexander

AZUSA, Calif. Physicians Formula board member Sonya Brown will resign from the board of directors on April 24, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Brown’s decision is not the result of any disagreement with the company or any matter relating to the company’s operation, policies or practices, the filing stated. The nominating and corporate governance committee is proceeding with plans to recruit a successor to Brown.

In separate company news, the beauty company has postponed its fourth quarter and fiscal year 2008 earnings release and conference call originally scheduled for March 9. The company stated that it postponed its earnings release and conference call in order to complete remaining items in connection with its completion of its year-end financial reporting process.

The company will announce a new date and time for the release, which is expected by the end of March.

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Advanced Beauty Systems appoints Matt Smith as VP marketing

BY Antoinette Alexander

DALLAS Advanced Beauty Systems, a marketer of bath, hair and skin care products for the mass market, has hired former Dr. Pepper Snapple Group executive, Matt Smith, to serve as VP marketing.

In this newly created position, Smith will develop and manage all aspects of marketing and sales including strategy, innovation, brand development and business development.

Smith joins Advanced Beauty Systems from Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, where he most recently served as a director of brand marketing for the company’s 7UP, Sunkist, Canada Dry and A&W brands. In that position, he was responsible for developing brand strategy and vision, along with leading the development of all brand marketing activation and innovation. He also served in key roles managing Diet Dr. Pepper, Hawaiian Punch and other brands. He also has global marketing experience with Mattel and WHAM-O.

Advanced Beauty Systems’ product portfolio includes bodycology, Dr. Teals, Cantu and Slice of Life.

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Cetaphil products receive National Eczema Association honor

BY Antoinette Alexander

FORT WORTH, Texas Galderma Laboratories announced Monday that three of its Cetaphil skin care products have been awarded the National Eczema Association Seal of Acceptance.

The company’s Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser, Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream and Cetaphil DailyAdvance Ultra Hydrating Lotion received a 4-out-of-5 rating, meaning that these products are deemed acceptable for patients with eczema or sensitive skin. The seal criteria include review of testing results on sensitivity, safety and toxicity as well as ingredient and formulation data.

The NEA Seal of Acceptance is part of the association’s Eczema & Sensitive-Skin Education program, which is intended to improve the quality of life for people who suffer from eczema and sensitive skin. The seal further helps consumers recognize the products that are suitable for care of eczema or sensitive skin, and helps them make informed purchase decisions.

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