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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Scunci to sponsor The American Ballet Theatre summer program

BY Antoinette Alexander

STAMFORD, Conn. Scunci, a Conair Corp. brand, is once again sponsoring The American Ballet Theatre?s Summer Intensive Program.

As part of the sponsorship, scunci will award a full scholarship to one of the 1,100 students accepted into the 2009 program. All of the students in attendance will receive a collection of scunci no-slip grip hair accessories from the “beautiful blends” line.

In addition to monetary support and sponsorship, scunci will be hosting a media reception at Lincoln Center in New York to celebrate the partnership with ABT.

The final performance of the Summer Intensive in New York will be held July 24 at noon and 4 p.m. at the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts in New York City.

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