“Lanaia is an exceptional marketing leader and has helped to expand Alaffia’s reach and impact on the global hair and skin care community,” said Olowo-n’djo Tchala, founder and CEO of Alaffia. “She has successfully shaped global brand strategy, implemented paid and digital initiatives, and expanded our brand portfolio with innovation to further develop our business. We are thrilled to appoint Lanaia to CMO and are confident that her rich experience and leadership skills will push Alaffia into a new chapter of growth and expansion in alignment with our mission, and achieve breakthrough results for the brand.”
Edwards’ experience includes a marketing background focusing on the natural beauty and personal care space. She has had a variety of positions at various companies, including Fortune 500s and entrepreneurial organizations.
Previously, Edwards served as the vice president of marketing at Alaffia and has had senior-level marketing positions at Unilever and Sundial Brands’ SheaMoisture, Nubian Heritage and Madam C.J. Walker.
She has also had positions at Lumene and Namaste Laboratories, and founded her own marketing consulting business.
“I am honored to have this opportunity and play a key role in driving long-term value and amplifying strategic growth with innovation and purposeful, community-driven initiatives,” Edwards said. “I am constantly inspired by Alaffia’s empowerment projects and Olowo-n’djo’s dedication to preserving West African traditions and resources while supporting the communities. I am excited to expand the brand’s social mission and impact globally.”