Top Women in Health, Wellness and Beauty — Suppliers
The following women working for suppliers were recognized as part of DSN's Top Women in Health, Wellness and Beauty Awards. The award winners are sorted by category — Business Excellence, Commitment to Care and Rising Stars — then alphabetically by company
Divisional vice president, Advantage Consumer Healthcare
As divisional vice president at Advantage Consumer Healthcare, leading the CVS Pharmacy and Rite Aid sales teams, Amy Estes is responsible for people development, managing a $200 million retail business, and participating in the strategy development of clients. She and her teams manage brands across nearly every category in OTC, personal care, private label and general merchandise. With 30 years of industry experience, Estes said it’s all about the people. “I am proud to be working alongside great leaders in the industry,” she said.
Executive director of sales, Anda
Vicki Mangus began her career in generic manufacturing, and for the past eight years has been with Anda, one of the leading pharmaceutical distributors of generic, brand, specialty and over-the-counter products within the United States. She is responsible for corporate retail and institutional classes of trade. Mangus creates customized programs that address customers’ specific product and distribution needs. “If the business is unbalanced between my company and my customer, the business model itself becomes unsustainable,” she said. “It’s all about creating an overall win-win partnership.”
Claire Lotito Levine
Senior manager of strategic customer marketing, BD Medical
Claire Levine has worked in the healthcare industry for 39 years, in sales, global and U.S. marketing, training, sales operations and new product development. In her current role, she leads the customer marketing initiatives, working with the BD sales team and customers to address how BD can help meet the needs of patients with diabetes. Levine communicates the value of these new products and service innovations to the market to help improve the care of patients with diabetes.
Director of customer solutions for the drug channel, Coca-Cola
At the Category Management Association Annual Conference in 2018, Liz Picariello presented a keynote speech on how to leverage virtual reality to drive double-digit growth in the beverage category on key beverage items. At Coca-Cola, she has leveraged technology to significantly reduce cost, improve speed to market, identify robust sales and attitudinal data, and eliminate store disruption. Her primary responsibilities include increasing on-shelf availability, launching SAP and implementing supply chain capabilities across several dozen bottling partners.
National account manager for CVS Pharmacy, Coca-Cola
In the beverage category at CVS Pharmacy, Coca-Cola is category captain, providing the retailer with customized shopper, industry and category insights and trends to guide their overall decision making. Laura Kelly leads this effort and has been serving CVS Pharmacy and the drug channel since 2014. She pilots new and emerging tools to better serve Coca-Cola’s customers. Kelly has served on business-unit engagement teams to make Coca-Cola a great place to work, she said.
Keech Combe Shetty
Keech Combe Shetty joined the family business, Combe, in 2006, and led the team to divest brands and reinvigorate the company’s commitment to the Vagisil and Just For Men brands. She is an advocate for women’s health, and appears as the Vagisil brand’s voice in advertising and social media. Shetty started Combe’s annual employee-directed philanthropic program, called The Big Give, and serves on the Personal Care Products Council, an industry trade association.
Founder and CEO, The Compliance Team
Registered nurse Sandra Canally founded The Compliance Team, a for-profit, certified woman-owned national healthcare accreditation organization, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. The organization has deeming authority from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, serving the durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics and supplies, pharmacy, and primary care sectors in all 50 states. “All programs are focused on what matters most to patients and their families,” Canally said. “We believe it boils down to three things: safety, honesty and caring.”
Senior vice president/general manager of HBA, Conair
Ellen Slicklen, who manages Conair's Scunci, Conair and Allegro cosmetic bags brands, has spent more than eight years with the hair and beauty accessories giant. During her time with the company, she and her team have worked to build one of the industry's leading hair accessory and hairbrush assortments. Before joining Conair, Slicklen spent more than 25 with retailers, including JCPenney, Avon and The Limited.
Walgreens national account manager for CoverGirl, Coty
As a CoverGirl national account manager, Emily Comroe is responsible for driving revenue, profit and market share for the brand and for retailer partner Walgreens. As the commercial innovation leader on CoverGirl, she creates go-to-market strategies and plans across all customers. Comroe has worked on beauty initiatives, such as the first-ever trial size program, influencer kits, and the 2015 market activation of the Star Wars Collection. Her work in sales and trade marketing spans more than 15 years.
CEO, Daily Body Restore
Kim Shafer founded Daily Body Restore in 2010. She has more than 20 years of experience in the retail and health-and-wellness industries, and she is involved in marketing, research, distribution and developing products. Shafer originally created Daily Body Restore’s Probiotic with Digestive Enzymes Supplements for her family, and her passion to make a difference in the lives of others is a driving force in her life. Being a female CEO, Shafer encourages other women to follow their dreams as she has.
President, Doctor Easy
Doctor Easy Medical Products has been making ear washers and ear care products for more than 20 years. Under Marsha Garcia’s leadership, the woman-owned business has expanded from the medical arena to the retail landscape. She is in charge of strategic initiatives and product development, and runs day-to-day operations. “Being the president of a small business involves looking after the small details, as well as the larger vision for the company,” she said.
Chief sales and marketing officer, DSE Healthcare Solutions
Michele Muhammad leads the marketing and sales team at DSE Health Solutions, which offers products that provide solutions for specialty health concerns. Since joining the company in 2016, she has focused on discovering new ways to deliver profitable growth to the portfolio of brands. She leverages her CPG experience, natural curiosity and love of design to shepherd brands to new heights. Muhammad is involved in WE, Empowering Women to Advance Wellness, and was a speaker at the NACDS Total Store Expo 2018.
Partner and business manager, Emerson Group
Just being a partner at the Emerson Group might be enough work for most, but not for Sue Smith. In addition to championing the company’s vision and adhering to the core of the organization, Smith also acts as co-team lead of the Emerson Group’s Walgreens team. This makes her integral to building a team that can do what her company does best. “We collaborate with our business partners to make the best decisions for the brands as we strive to make our people and brands feel at home,” she said.
CEO and co-founder, Eosera
The ear care category saw little innovation until recently, and Elyse Dickerson is driving much of the current growth. In 2015, she launched a biotech company, Eosera, which makes the earwax removal solution EarwaxMD. After self-funding research and development for nine months, she and co-founder Joe Griffin developed the formulation. Dickerson has 18 years of experience leading teams in the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries, and has been a mentor and sounding board for young women, as well as a champion for women’s equality in the workforce.
Vice president of marketing, E.T. Browne
Rebecca Brown has been in health and beauty marketing for more than 25 years, including the past 21 years at E.T. Browne working on the Palmer’s portfolio of skin and hair care products. She oversees brands, innovation, communications, shopper marketing, digital and social marketing, and events at the family-owned company, which has experienced growth during her tenure. “The leadership, the team, the commitment to quality; these are all elements that make it an exceptional company,” she said.
CEO and co-founder, Green Roads
Since 2013, licensed compounding pharmacist Laura Baldwin Fuentes has created the proprietary formulations for Green Roads’ product line of CBD oils, gummies, capsules, topicals and beverages. Consumers can see what is in each product because the QR codes on the labels lead to results of third-party lab tests. Fuentes works to keep everything compliant with the FDA’s evolving CBD standards. Green Roads had $45 million in revenue in 2018, and its products are available in 10,000 retail locations.
Director of shopper insights and capabilities, GSK Consumer Healthcare
Few people want to be a pain expert, but Deborah Monahan once researched pain insight as manager for consumer research at the Excedrin brand. Later, she managed global cough-cold research at Novartis. Now, she leads the shopper insight team in the discovery, development and implementation of insight-led category leadership platforms. Monahan was core to GSK Consumer Healthcare’s shift to a shopper-centric strategy, driven by the Insights to Action model she established for the organization.
Brand director for Sensodyne and Pronamel, GSK Consumer Healthcare
GSK Consumer Healthcare has reasons to smile under Jennifer Nadelson’s watch. Sensodyne delivered innovation with the launch of Pronamel Intensive Enamel Repair and Sensodyne Rapid Relief Whitening. Nadelson has driven growth on Sensodyne three times faster than the toothpaste category in 2019. GSK Consumer Healthcare has more than 900 employees who support Sensodyne and Pronamel, and who look to her as a leader. Prior to this, she worked on the Flonase business and its successful prescription-to-OTC switch.
General manager of U.S. and Puerto Rico region, GSK Consumer Healthcare
With the close of the joint venture between Pfizer and GSK’s consumer health businesses, which formed the new GSK Consumer Healthcare, Lisa Paley was named general manager of the company’s U.S. and Puerto Rico region. Paley oversees all businesses for the geographic area, which include commercial and customer operations, as well as develops and implements long-term strategies to drive growth. She has 25 years of experience in the CPG industry. When Paley was with Pfizer Consumer Healthcare, she developed and built an e-commerce team from the ground up. “To be successful in today’s world, you need to effectively compete in the e-commerce and digital space,” she said.
Vice president/general manager of national accounts and business development, Hallmark Greetings
At Hallmark, Amy McAnarney has been in charge of delivering more than $1 billion in annual retail sales for certain mass channel accounts, as well as building partnerships and leading the company's U.S. industry relations and business development. Her career has included executive positions in various industries, including 16 years at H&R Block and time as vice president of external relations for the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. She got her start with Deloitte (formerly Touche Ross). Outside of her career, she is an avid golfer and serves on civic, governmental, arts and women-focused organizations.
President, Hamacher Resource Group
Talk about seller’s remorse. After D.P. Hamacher & Associates was sold to a software solutions firm in 2000, the original management team sensed it was drifting from its core mission. The group, led by Dawn Vogelsang, bought the company in 2001 and named it Hamacher Resource Group. Vogelsang, who joined the company in 1986 to establish the IT department, became president and majority owner. The firm works with brands and retailers in health, beauty and wellness, as well as in beer, wine and spirits; natural products; and food and beverage.
Vice president of sales for beauty care, Henkel
At Henkel, Tina Jackse leads the sales team that manages the beauty business at drug, club, value, Kroger and Target. The team develops and executes against winning strategies, and collaborates with retail partners to drive growth. She builds industry engagement and attracts and develops a strong team. Jackse inspires the team to not only drive results, but to build relationships, deliver on commitments, and develop a courageous and empowered culture of passionate leaders as well.
Vice president of global regions, i-Health, a division of DSM
Lisa Lanham has worked in the supplier community for 32 years, since earning a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Ohio State University. In her nine years at i-Health, a division of DSM, she has built relationships with retailers, suppliers and teammates. In her current role as vice president of global regions, she runs the teams that do business in China, South Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Canada, United Kingdom and soon Italy, France, Germany and Brazil.
Vice president of strategy and marketing, Inmar
Lari Harding has spent 30 years building businesses for Inmar, a data-driven, technology-enabled services company. She has been an innovator in every business line and served in sales, operations, marketing and strategy functions, as well as played a role in building the Inmar Healthcare businesses. Inmar began with an organically built pharmacy reconciliation solution and is now the largest provider of pharmacy financial management and pharmaceutical returns in the industry. More than 80% of pharmacies, pharmaceutical manufacturers and hospitals are Inmar clients.
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U.S. Director of sales and marketing, Kamedis Dermatology
Kamedis Dermatology wants its clinically proven botanical OTC dermatology line to be the No. 1 plant-based OTC skin care line in the United States. Kelli Rodriguez is working toward that goal by developing and managing strategic partnerships and executing on short- and long-term sales and marketing objectives. Rodriguez leads and motivates her team and strives to promote from within for key leadership positions. “You need to continuously stretch, motivate and develop your talent pool, as well as support their career development,” she said.
Director of e-commerce
and trade strategy, Kao
From breakfast to makeup, Ann Boyles knows sales. She has more than 20 years of experience in sales and sales strategy, and is skilled at translating brand strategies to align with retailer strategies. Before leading the e-commerce and trade strategy teams at Kao, Boyles built a track record of driving L’Oreal, Kellogg, and Church & Dwight brands, such as Jergens, Bioré, Curel, John Frieda, Ban, Arm & Hammer, and others. She also trains and coaches team members, and excels at developing high performance teams.
Founder and CEO, The Mane Choice
Courtney Adeleye built her company, The Mane Choice, with $500 and a passion for health and wellness. A former registered nurse, she also had a background in science to document, develop and disseminate her product line, The Mane Choice Hair Solution. In the six years since she started the brand,healthy hair products have become a mainstay on store shelves and on consumers’ bathroom counters around the world, and the company has amassed more than $1 million in sales. Adeleye also is a philanthropist and champion of women.
Vice president of U.S. sales, MAV Beauty Brands
Brandyn Muegge has been with MAV Beauty Brands since October 2017 as vice president of sales for the United States. In addition to the Marc Anthony brand, she worked on the launch of Cake Beauty and the expansion of Renpure after acquisitions in 2018. Muegge has helped build brand awareness and global distribution through multiple channels, including department stores, specialty beauty, drug and fashion retailers. Her experience in consumer goods dates back to 1993, when she worked with hair care brands.
Marketing manager, Okamoto U.S.A.
Many companies want to reach millennials and Generation Z, including Okamoto, the No. 1 brand of condoms in Japan and a newly launched brand in the United States. Carol Carrozza, who has more than 30 years of experience in the health-and-wellness industry in the United States and globally, gleaned insights about these young consumers’ preferences and behaviors toward relationships, dating and personal health. As a result, the launches of new condom and sexual care brands acutely are relevant to young adult audiences that behave differently from previous generations.
Vice president of sales for the Walmart team, Paris Presents
Paris Presents found a Walmart expert in Debbie Alsup. She has worked on the Walmart team at Schering Plough, launching Claritin from prescription to OTC; at National Retail Services, establishing a team for merchandising services at Walmart; and at Walmart as a cosmetic buyer and apparel regional buyer. Alsup has helped grow the privately held Paris Presents into a leading beauty company, and launched such beauty brands as EcoTools makeup brushes and Real Techniques by Sam & Nic brushes, as well as YouTube tutorials.
Senior vice president of sales and marketing for the wholesale division, Piping Rock Health Products
Since joining Piping Rock in 2015, Kimberly Vigliante has been instrumental in the foundation, development and growth of the Nature’s Truth vitamin and supplement brand, which has grown to $100 million. Working in the industry since 1995, she pioneered the development of patented packaging designs and spearheaded the growth of many top brands. Vigliante has redefined wellness with such products as aromatherapy in the vitamin category and a new women’s wellness brand, Pink, launching this spring.
Senior account executive, Procter & Gamble
Standing out on Amazon is difficult, but Ruthie Apple excels at it. She helms Procter & Gamble’s strategic Amazon skin care business and consistently over delivers expectations. She also leads the company thinking on all third-party marketplace issues and makes recommendations on how to navigate this new dynamic to P&G’s most senior leaders. This year, she won “New Hire Manager of the Year” for the North America region. Apple leads the women’s network mentorship program and was a board member of the Asian network.
Director of the CVS team, Procter & Gamble
Michelle Battello began her career as a college summer intern at P&G on the West Coast. She rose through the ranks quickly, taking on positions of increased responsibility as beauty account executive, omnichannel team leader, and, currently, team leader for the P&G business at CVS. The business is heavily health- and beauty-focused, comprising of skin, hair, oral and cough-cold categories. Battello is the consummate collaborator and team leader, and was awarded the CVS Beauty and Personal Care Vendor of the year.
Innovation, digital commerce and operations leader, Procter & Gamble
With 25 years of experience in the beauty space, Clare Campbell is considered the omnichannel operation’s thought leader, as well as a health and beauty industry expert. In her current role as the beauty and dot-com leader for the Walgreens team, she has exceeded business growth goals every year. Campbell is a top influencer in the drug beauty space, and has been recognized as a top performer at P&G by company leadership, as well with the mentees she grows and develops.
North America national category sales manager for Olay, Procter & Gamble
As sales leader for Procter & Gamble’s Olay, Keris Clark is responsible for selling in and executing the full Olay skin care line with such customers as Walgreens, CVS Pharmacy, Walmart, Target and Costco. She delivers skin care solutions that also drive category growth. This year, she and her team delivered a winning shelf design that was executed on short timing in more than 2,500 stores. Clark mentors individuals through P&G’s partnership with Inroads, an organization designed to grow and develop talented, diverse youth.
Senior manager of CVS team analytics and insights, Procter & Gamble
Data is everything, and Mariana Eagen leads the Procter & Gamble CVS team’s analytics and insights group. She takes complex data, translates it into powerful insights, and effectively influences CVS executives. She has led three breakthrough shelving initiatives, led male and value consumer immersion sessions, and made P&G the vendor of choice. She owns the integration of P&G’s shopper, consumer and shelf data/insights with CVS Pharmacy’s ExtraCare shopper database to unlock unique business opportunities for the team.
Managing director of North America industry affairs, Procter & Gamble
If there is a legacy that Judi Kletz leaves in her 34-plus year career, it is all about developing about seeing the future of what’s possible and commercializing the work for the present. From her early days in sales, to marketing, communications and now leading North America industry affairs, she has created best-in-class strategic initiatives that have delivered immeasurable value and ROI to P&G and the industry. In her current capacity, she serves a board member for the National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation.
Brand director for Olay, North America, Procter & Gamble
Some legacy brands struggle in the new retail landscape, but not Olay. For the North America business, Stephanie Robertson leads marketing decisions across in-store customer channels, digital sites and social media channels. She ensures the product supply team is delivering against cost goals so the brand is profitable. Robertson spearheaded the “Face Anything” campaign for Olay, and the first-ever Olay Super Bowl ad. North America Olay over delivered on sales and profit targets, and more millennials are buying the brand.
Co-founder and chief marketing officer, Raw Sugar Living
Once a semifinalist in the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year awards, Donda Mullis co-founded natural lifestyle brand Raw Sugar Living in 2014. She oversees brand identity and strategy, designs product packaging, conceives and launches creative marketing campaigns, grows strategic partnerships, and drives retail distribution in the beauty and health-and-wellness sectors. The company, which she co-founded with her partner, Ronnie Shugar, makes plant-based natural soap and personal care products, and donates a bar of soap for every product purchase.
Nancy Duitch Founder, president and CEO, Sera Labs
CBD skin care and CBD wellness are new and innovative spaces, and Nancy Duitch is leading the charge in those areas. With 30 years of experience as an entrepreneur and leader in the consumer products industry, she launched Sera Labs in 2018, and it has generated more than $7 million in sales since. She has a history of creating various skin care lines and directly working alongside chemists to develop proprietary formulas to ensure a quality product that does more than just include CBD.
Head of industry relations and sustainable living, Unilever
Alison Castillo oversees Unilever’s work in meeting consumers’ needs today, while influencing sustainable behavior changes for tomorrow. The company partners with retailers on community initiatives that result in 13 million gallons of clean water in Kenya, six urban farms built in New York City, tens of millions of meals donated throughout the United States, and teens impacted through self-esteem workshops around the world. “Partnerships have driven greater impact that we could not do alone,” she said.
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Director of training and science, DisposeRx
CSI: North Carolina? Ann Hamlin began her career in 1989 as a forensic scientist trainee at the North Carolina State Crime Laboratory. Today, she educates consumers and professionals about the importance of eliminating leftover medications from the home. Hamlin oversees scientific testing of DisposeRx, a proprietary powder blend that, when mixed with water in the medication vial, traps the drugs in a viscous gel and makes the medication unusable so it can be safely thrown away in the trash.
Regional business director for integrated delivery networks, hospitals and clinics southwest, Sandoz
When Shannon Buhl joined Sandoz, a division of Novartis, in 2017, she galvanized a team of account managers around a common purpose of bringing quality Sandoz medicines to patients in need. She helped grow sales year over year and also energized the team. She mentors aspiring future leaders, supports career development and acts as a catalyst for diverse talent growth. Buhl conducted extensive qualitative research in 2018 for the Gender Parity Study at Sandoz and made recommendations that were implemented in the United States.
Country manager of USA, Alliance Pharma
When international healthcare distributor Alliance Pharma needed someone to establish the first U.S. affiliate office, it turned to Amanda Sicvol. As U.S. country manager, she led the setup of operations in North Carolina, recruiting a team that manages the supply chain, finance, and marketing of brands for distribution to retail partners. She began her career at Burt’s Bees. Alliance, which makes Vamousse pesticide-free lice solutions, has sales that have grown in double digits year-over-year.
Team lead for Walgreens, Beiersdorf
Emily Majkowski started in the field and gained experiences in support roles, regional roles and major account management roles. “Starting at the stores has helped me gain an appreciation for every step in the retail process,” she said. “I’ve learned that everyone has a very important role to play in a business’s success, and I’m grateful to have been able to see a variety of roles in that process.”
Marketing director, Clio
Formerly a brand manager at Hasbro, Stephanie Trachtenberg has a background in toys. Today, she is leading a force of change in the sexual wellness industry by developing and marketing an approachable brand for the mainstream audience. Clio makes the plusOne brand of sexual wellness products that is shattering taboos and gaining distribution in mass stores. She plays a leadership role in crafting strategic campaigns, messaging and partnerships to highlight the plusOne brand as accessible, emotionally available, appealing, attractive and inoffensive.
National account executive for the still portfolio, Walgreens, Coca-Cola
Kim Garner helps set the vision for growth and strategic direction for Coca-Cola North America’s total beverage portfolio, while also driving operational excellence for national plans and local segmentation at Walgreens in the United States. She helps Walgreens expand the size and value of its noncarbonated, nonalcoholic beverage category, and has helped to grow Coke’s Happy Hour program over the last five years, supporting this program from both the Walgreen’s side and Coke side of the business.
CVS co-lead and NSM store brands, Emerson Group
Elizabeth Karvonen comanages the CVS business for the Emerson Group portfolio of brands and suppliers, including various healthcare and personal care categories. She leads the store brand business, which has grown significantly over the eight years she has been with Emerson. She also leads Emerson Giving, which raised $50,000 for the local Ronald McDonald House in 2018. The Emerson Group staff gift wrapped hundreds of presents for families staying at the house.
Director of sales, team leader for Target, Emerson Group
Lauren Wittenberg partners with her team members at Emerson Group and vendors to deliver innovative and differentiated brand development solutions to Target. The team works with challenger brands, mega brands, and the most influential CPG companies in the world. “When you work for a company with the brand scale of a massive manufacturer, coupled with the ability to act like a start-up, you’re in the sweet spot of CPG retail,” she said.
Co-founder and COO, Harmony Hemp
As co-founder and COO of Harmony Hemp, Miki Stephens’ primary focus is promoting the design and implementation of business operations and product development. She and her team navigate the complexities of the CPG space, and she spends a great deal of time working on regulatory compliance and supply chain management. “My favorite part of what I do is working with the best manufacturers and formulators in the nation to develop quality CBD products consumers can trust,” she said.
Director of customer development for beauty and personal care, Johnson & Johnson
Anne Iles helped grow the category and market share of Johnson & Johnson’s Neutrogena skin care brand at Walgreens through such category-growing initiatives as getting Neutrogena testers in store. At J&J, she oversees a team of customer development managers who are focused on driving mutual growth of the beauty and personal care brands at Walgreens. She manages joint business planning negotiations and multiyear strategy, and identifies opportunities for Walgreens to differentiate through J&J brands.
National account manager, Markwins Beauty Products
For the past three years, Stephanie Hillman has managed value, club stores, off-price and drug store retailers for Markwins International. She interfaces with retail partners to offer strategic plans to grow their businesses, and also works with multiple departments to execute all the needs of each retailer. The Markwins brand portfolio includes wet n wild, Lip Smacker, Physicians Formula, Black Radiance and LORAC. “No day is the same, and we have so much opportunity to develop across the various retail channels,” she said.
National account manager, Markwins Beauty Brands
A former teen runway model, Brianna McCrae always knew that being on the business side of the beauty industry would be a better fit for her. “I wanted to challenge myself and try something new,” she said. After graduating from the University of California, Los Angeles, she spent seven years with a designer and distributor of cosmetic bags. McCrae, who has been with Markwins for two years, manages 30 accounts and sells six different brands as national account manager.
Founder and CEO, My Magic Mud
In just six years, Jessica Arman has grown the natural beauty and oral care brand My Magic Mud from a local farmers market to 30,000 stores worldwide. The company makes activated charcoal teeth whitening products, which started a trend in the personal care space. She has since expanded the product line into natural beauty and cosmetics, with a commitment to clean, natural ingredients. Arman’s passion is to inspire women to become successful.
Director of customer strategy, Nature’s Bounty
In her nearly five years at Nature’s Bounty, Chikako Amendola has navigated her team through uncertainties and unfamiliar, new ways of working. The result has produced wins with key retailers and high brand growth, as well as an open and safe culture where her team gained new skills and is not afraid to speak their minds. She leads the interactions between marketing and sales in addition to key cross-functional partners to devise and lead the execution of innovative marketing initiatives.
Senior account executive for hair care on the CVS team, Procter & Gamble
The move from beer to hair is never easy, but it was seamless for Jamie Connell. After four years at Anheuser-Busch, she joined Procter & Gamble in 2018 as a hair care category development analyst. Today, she is responsible for all of P&G’s hair care business planning and execution for CVS Pharmacy. Connell has made meaningful contributions to the business and built strong credibility on the team, with the customer and with the category, as well as helped grow the highly competitive hair care category.
Personal care end-to-end business leader and Native sales leader, Procter & Gamble
This year, Elisa Eobstel led the direct to consumer to retail introduction of Native deodorant, a brand Procter & Gamble acquired in 2017. The work included shaping the right go-to market strategy and execution plans to enable a successful rollout to retail and continue its expansion plans. She joined P&G seven years ago after her internship experience. In successive assignments across the beauty, health and grooming businesses, Eobstel has consistently showed strong results, excellent initiative and follow-through, creative problem solving, and operational discipline.
Feminine care category account executive, Procter & Gamble
Anna Finke is responsible for developing Procter & Gamble’s Tampax and Naturals brand, as well as sales go-to-market strategies, capabilities and execution plans for the retail trade. She also is the national sales go-to market acquisition, integration and transition leader for This is L, an organic period care brand P&G acquired this year. Finke helps grow current brands and oversees such launches as Always Pure and Tampax Pure, which are free of chlorine bleaching. She also led P&G’s Alternative Forms Learning Lab Test Market for menstrual cups.
Director of sales for oral care, Procter & Gamble
At Procter & Gamble, adoptive parents and foster parents who get paternity leave can thank Amy Alt. As an active member of the Strategy 3.0 committee, she influenced this and other P&G policy changes, such as financial reimbursement to include adoption of children over the age of 5 years old. Alt is a rising star in the CPG industry and has a long history of delivering strong results for P&G. She also is a trusted mentor and a strong advocate for women.
Consultant for customer service operations, TelePharm, a Cardinal Health company
For TelePharm, Cardinal Health’s telepharmacy solution provider, Nicole Bernabe is the pharmacy operations and prescription workflow subject matter expert. She comes from a family of pharmacists and has 21 years of pharmacy experience. She provides a wealth of knowledge for TelePharm product enhancement prioritization, trains technicians and pharmacists, and creates resources to ensure customer compliance and efficient operations. Bernabe has built an inclusive customer support team that actively influences telepharmacy practice across the nation.
Senior product manager for product and solutions marketing, TelePharm, a Cardinal Health company
One of the first employees at TelePharm, Courtney Henecke helped to elevate the company to its 2016 acquisition by Cardinal Health. In the midst of this hectic start-up growth phase, she completed her Master of Business Administration degree. Today, she manages human resource matters, negotiates contracts and leads the marketing efforts. Henecke is a thought leader who has given presentations within the larger corporation to help drive innovation that ultimately leads to better care for patients.
Founder and CEO, The Honey Pot
In addition to running the team and capital raising for The Honey Pot, Beatrice Dixon also is the product development team. She has been in the retail industry for more than 10 years as a natural food broker and regional sales manager for natural foods brands and brokerage firms. The Honey Pot makes all-natural, plant-based feminine care products. “I love producing new products that I know will change the feminine care industry for the better,” she said.
Founder and chief inspiration officer, UI Global Brands
As founder of the brand Urban Hydration, Psyche Terry initially spent her days doing everything from designing labels to shipping products to customers. Now her major responsibility is to ensure the brand consistently is making customers and end consumers happy, so she handles relationship management, design, engaging each member of her team, and such philanthropy efforts as raising funds to build two wells in Kenya. The company was named among Inc. magazine’s 5000 fastest-growing companies in America in 2019.
Director of customer development health and beauty channel, Unilever
Building self-esteem is part of the job for Sarah Malinski. She led the Unilever business with Meijer, where she developed and executed the first Dove Self-Esteem program with the retailer. This program brought 60 girls from the local community together for a self-esteem workshop. Today, Malinski oversees the health and beauty channel for Unilever, including the drug store and beauty specialty accounts and independent beauty suppliers/distributors. She sits on the NACDS Retail Advisory Board and is involved in the mentoring program.
The following women also won awards:
- Tawanna Burnett, global group lead, Facebook
- Kim Sines, senior vice president of sales, Hello
- Deborah Levy Abreu, vice president of marketing, Navajo