PCPC announces new Chair and insists collaboration will drive innovation and safety


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PCPC announces new Chair and insists collaboration will drive innovation and safety

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The Personal Care Products Council announced today the election of its new board officers, including its new Chair, Thia Breen, Group President of North America for Estée Lauder who takes over from the outgoing E. Scott Beattie.

As an advocate for women in business, she has served as a mentor to countless women in the industry, in addition to supporting healthy work-family balance practices for members of her team.   She will replace the Elizabeth Arden chairman and CEO, who has served since 2012.

“Thia’s impressive accomplishments and strong leadership will continue to serve our membership as we work to advance the industry’s voice in Washington and globally,”​ says Lezlee Westine, PCPC President and CEO.

Breen, the second female Board chair, has served on the board for several years, most recently as vice chair.  In addition, she serves on the board of Cosmetic Executive Women (CEW) and was recently honored with the Women of Achievement award. 

“I would like to thank Scott for his work as chair and all he has done to elevate the association’s impact and influence.  I also want to recognize Lezlee for her leadership and look forward to working with our members to keep the association well-positioned and strong,”​ says Breen. 


The news comes just a day after the Council stated that collaboration in the cosmetics industry will help to drive innovation and ensure the safety of products, with conversation key to dealing with issues.

Speaking at the Council’s 121st Annual Meeting in Palm Beach, Leslie Westine addressed more than 400 industry leaders from across the globe to discuss the opportunities and challenges facing the cosmetic and personal care products industry and to elect its new officers.

“It is imperative that our industry continue to drive the conversation about the issues affecting our companies. We must come together to set priorities and to collaborate on ways we can continue to provide safe, innovative products that families around the world use every day,”​ says Westine.


At the conference, Westine outlined the Council’s key 2014 accomplishments, which include better transparency within the industry by communicating the scientific rigor and safety behind personal care products through multiple communications channels where consumers turn for information.

She also spoke of working for bi-partisan support for the industry’s legislative efforts, building relationships with key and diverse stakeholders on product safety issues, and advocating for global access.

“This year’s conference consists of captivating speakers and panels that highlight the depth and breadth of talent in our industry. We are especially honored to welcome Ambassador Robert Holleyman, Deputy United States Trade Representative, who recognizes the importance of global market access to our industry,” ​said Westine.

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