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Wahl gets customers abuzz with contest

BY Antoinette Alexander

STERLING, Ill. Wahl Clipper Corp. is celebrating its 25th anniversary of the facial hair trimmer with the launch of its “Wahl Man of the Year” photo contest to find the best mustache, goatee and beard in America.

Men can enter the contest by submitting a photo at www.wahlnation.com. National winners will receive a 42-inch flat panel HDTV. Entries must be submitted by Dec. 13 and the national winners in each category — beard, mustache and goatee — will be announced March 15, 2010.

As part of the initiative, the Wahl Let It Grow Tour and mobile barbershop hit the road in August and will travel through October, searching for men with great facial hair as well as educate men on proper trimming techniques.

Wahl will be using the new Lithium Ion grooming tool to provide trims throughout the tour. A tour schedule can be found on Wahl’s Web site.

For every “Man of the Year” photo contest entry, $1 (up to a maximum of $5,000) will be donated to Movember, the month formerly known as November, when men grow a mustache for 30 days to raise funds and awareness to fight against prostate and testicular cancer. All funds raised will benefit Movember’s beneficiary sponsors, the Prostate Cancer Foundation and Livestrong. Wahl will also award a 42-inch HDTV to the top fundraiser of Movember’s U.S. campaign.

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Coty to develop, market fragrances with Guess

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK Coty Inc. has inked a licensing deal with Guess to develop and market a new line of fragrances, and also will distribute existing Guess fragrances, effective January 2010.

“Guess is on the pulse of edgy style and flirtatious fashion, and Guess’ groundbreaking approach and reputation lends itself perfectly to the passionate and innovative spirit of Coty,” stated Coty CEO Bernd Beetz. “With this partnership, Coty is inheriting a notable fragrance house. Our plans for expanding the reach of the Guess brand will position the Guess fragrance for accelerated global success.”

Added Guess vice chairman and CEO, Paul Marciano, “This collaboration with?Coty will provide the perfect platform for Guess to creative innovative, highly desirable and luxurious fragrances that reflect our company’s image and legacy. It symbolizes both a strategic and creative alliance. We are very excited about our partnership with Coty.”

Coty stated that additional information related to the fragrance would be disclosed at a “later date.”

Established in 1981, Guess began as a jeans company and has since grown into a global lifestyle brand. Today, Guess designs, markets and distributes full collections of women’s, men’s and children’s apparel, as well as accessories.

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P&G adds new director to board

BY Antoinette Alexander

CINCINNATI Procter & Gamble has appointed Frontier Communications executive Maggie Wilderotter to its board, effective immediately.

Wilderotter is chairman and CEO of Frontier Communications, the second largest rural communications services company in the United States. She also serves on the boards of Yahoo!, Xerox Corp., Tribune Co. and a number of nonprofit organizations.

“Maggie’s outstanding business acumen and broad strategic and leadership experience will make her a valued board member,” stated A.G. Lafley, P&G chairman of the board. “Her knowledge of media, communications and information technology will help us accelerate P&G’s growth. Above all, like P&G, Maggie puts the customer first in everything she does.”

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