Markwins Beauty Brands appoints new global president
Markwins Beauty Brands announced the appointment of a new global president, Stefano Curti who assumed the role on Jan. 3. Current president and COO, Bill George will shift from the company’s day-to-day management and work with Curti until April 2018. Afterwards, George will become part of the City of Industry, Calif.-based company’s advisory board.
"Stefano's appointment and this transition are exciting milestones in a succession plan that we have been pursuing for some time. This appointment is a clear affirmation of Markwins' commitment to the future," Eric Chen, CEO and founder, said. "We believe Stefano's people-focused leadership style, beauty industry expertise, and brand understanding will build on the success Bill George has helped Markwins to achieve. Markwins, after another strong year of growth and successful initiatives, is poised for dynamic expansion both domestically and globally, and we are confident in Stefano's experience and vision to lead this charge."
Curti holds 27 years of experience in beauty and personal care, working for 22 years with Johnson & Johnson. He led the beauty to skincare market leadership in the United States, served as global president of the beauty and baby divisions, also he was the former president of J&J Consumer USA and general manager for Neutrogena.
Bill George spent 17 years with Markwins, and played a major role in the company’s previous acquisitions of Physicians Formula, Bonnie Bell, Lip Smacker, wet n wild and Black Radiance.
"Bill's leadership has paved an excellent path for us to follow and grow," Curti, said. "I look forward to working with Bill to ensure the Company is positioned for continued success through a robust transition plan. We will continue to build upon, add and strengthen a great North American momentum, and at the same time look to accelerate the meteoric growth of our world-class brands around the globe."
Rembrandt dives further into oral care, launches power toothbrush
Makers of at-home teeth whitening products, Rembrandt has announced the launch of a new power toothbrush. Called the Whitening Toothbrush and Whitening Brush Heads, consumers will be able to purchase the product along with a pack of three replacement brush heads.
The product’s design will feature two brushing modes — Whitening and Sensitive — allowing users to customize their whitening experience. Also included is a rechargeable handle which features a two-minute timer and pressure sensor to alert the user if they are brushing too hard, the Grand Rapids, Mich.-based company said.
"As the first-ever brand solely dedicated to at-home teeth whitening, Rembrandt has historically played the role of category innovator," Don Cumming, global brand director for Rembrandt, said. "We've taken our depth of whitening knowhow and applied it to the toothbrush market. The result is a functional, flexible design that expands our scientifically proven, high-quality whitening approach to another segment of the daily dental care routine."
Rembrandt’s Whitening Toothbrush and Whitening Brush Heads are now available for purchase on the company’s website and Amazon for the suggested retail price of $59.99 and $19.99 each.
Innovation announces new addition to sales team
Makers of PharmASSIST, Innovation has announced that John Courtney will join the company’s sales team as director of sales. In this role, Courtney will lead all of Innovation’s sales activity for the western and central United States for hospital outpatient and federal health care.
“John brings a wealth of industry and technology sales experience to the Innovation team. He has a proven track record of success and understands the importance of true relationship building with customers. We’re excited about John joining our team and leading this region’s sales efforts,” Doyle Jensen, executive VP of global business development at Innovation, said.
Courtney comes to the Johnson City, N.Y.-based company with two decades of senior sales and project management experience in both institutional and federal health care markets. Recently, he served as sales executive at Ingenious Med — a company that proves applications which simplify clinical workflows for physician practices and health systems.
Before joining Innovation, Courtney held senior sales positions with CareFusion and ScriptPro. Also, he earned the company’s President’s Club award level in sales numerous times during his tenure.