Above all, “the award is a morale booster,” Elizabeth Musmanno, president of The Fragrance Foundation tells Cosmetics Design. Being singled out for the award motivates, inspires, and encourages young executives to continue achieving great results and investing their own unique talents and sensibilities in an industry that only thrives when creativity and commercial knowhow intersect.
Each professional honored with The Notables award is not only recognized by their boss in front of prominent fragrance industry leaders the night of the event but is also invited to attend the foundation’s programming throughout the year and is featured in the group’s annual awards journal too.
Asked about what professional skills industry executives need to succeed in the current moment, Musmanno responded by saying that “communication skills are more important than ever in fragrance.”
She tells Cosmetics Design that with so much going on in the digital space, with consumers (and professionals) getting a bulk of their information online, communication skills are increasingly valuable for every fragrance professional.
Musmanno went on to note that communication skills overlap with marketing skills, which may explain why this year’s roster of The Notables award winners includes six marketing professionals.
According to executive leaders presenting each of the awards, several of this year’s honorees indeed embody that modern sensibility. Tennille Kopiasz, SVP of North American marketing for LVMH’s Parfums Christian Dior introduced honoree Jacklyn Lee as someone who flexes both her left and right brain, explaining that she is at once analytical and creative.
A full list of The Notables honored by The Fragrance Foundation for 2017 follows:
- Alexandra Hardyment, executive director of AERIN Beauty
- Jacklyn Lee, fragrance marketing manager at LVMH: Parfums Christian Dior
- Jessica Luc, marketing manager of fine fragrances and specialty bath at Symrise
- Sophia McLoughlin, marketing manager of women’s fragrances for Chanel
- Lorraine Miche de Malleray, consumer science senior manager at International Flavors and Fragrances
- Christine Tilghman, project leader of product integrity at MANE
- Jacquelyn Ward, group product manager for signature collection brand development at Bath & Body Works
- Justin Welch, marketing director with Firmenich
- Galliane de Wendel, senior manager for US marketing, Ulta Luxury at Coty
- Anna Wilk, marketing director of Interparfums
On the calendar
The Fragrance Foundation’s next event is Consumer Insights on March 16. The foundation, in coordination with market research firm GfK, will present consumer insights survey data outlining 6 different types of fragrance consumers and how the industry can put that data to good use.
The March event is open to members only. To learn more about the foundation's corporate and indie membership options, click here.