Fragrance Foundation event celebrates the Notables of 2020

By Deanna Utroske contact

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Fragrance Foundation President Linda G. Levy and the Notables Class of 2020 (Josh Wong Photo)
Fragrance Foundation President Linda G. Levy and the Notables Class of 2020 (Josh Wong Photo)

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This past Thursday evening in New York City, the Fragrance Foundation honored the 6th class of Notables, emerging leaders in the fragrance industry.

Nearly 200 fragrance industry leaders, allies, and press were in attendance at the LVMH Magic Room in New York City for the 6th annual Notables awards celebration.

Opening the event, Fragrance Foundation President Linda Levy explained that the Foundation’s board includes a recognition committee that votes on each year’s nominees. This year, she said, the 9 honorees received unanimous approval from the committee.

She also reminded the room that Fragrance Foundation Notables are not simply one-time award winners, but in fact join the Foundation’s thinktank, advising on business development strategies as well as on Foundation initiatives for members and fragrance consumers.

The 2020 Fragrance Foundation Notables

Each Notable was introduced by an executive or senior colleague from their respective companies, which included fragrance houses like MANE, Firnemich, and IFF as well as brand and licensees like Coty and The Estée Lauder Companies.

Asha Talwar Coco, Vice President of Sales and Business Development at Givaudan described Notable “Alice Inchauspé, Digital Account Manager Sales and Business Development of Givaudan, [as] someone whose curiosity and competence she wants to keep beside her through her entire career,” ​as the Fragrance Foundation follow-up post​ recalls it.

And “Dora Gaffaney, Senior Director Global Marketing/Brand Development at Parlux, who finagled the notoriously difficult celebrity signoff on a fragrance in under five minutes, at the celebrity’s own birthday party, was lauded for her charisma and genuine kindness by Lori Singer [President at Parlux Fragrances].”

The full list of the Fragrance Foundation’s Notables Class of 2020 is here:

  • Cosmo International Fragrances – Pol Bardají, Manager, Sales & Business Development
  • COTY - Antoni Soszyński, Global Marketing Director, Marc Jacobs Fragrances
  • Firmenich - Elizabeth Cavallacci, Account Manager
  • Givaudan - Alice Inchauspé, Junior Account Executive Sales & Business Development
  • IFF - Abigail Spratt, SCI Researcher
  • MANE - Valerie Anderson, Senior Marketing Manager
  • Parlux - Dora Gaffaney, Senior Director Global Marketing/Brand Development
  • Symrise - Melissa Pacansky, Fragrance Evaluation Manager
  • The Estée Lauder Companies - Patricia Montelongo, Executive Director, Education Jo Malone London, North America

Fragrance Day 2020 promises to be bigger and better

As the award presentations came to an end, Levy announced that Fragrance Day will once again be celebrated on March 21, with a count-down beginning at the start of the month, and that the 2020 Fragrance Day artist collaboration is set to be announced this week.

“This year’s theme for Fragrance Day is ingredients,”​ said Levy, adding that the Foundation will also host a Madison Avenue pop-up shop this year and that Fragrance Day banners will be hung along the avenue from 57th Street up to 86th Street here in New York City. Learn more about #FragranceDay 2020 here.



Deanna Utroske is a leading voice in the cosmetics and personal care industry as well as in the indie beauty movement. As Editor of, she writes daily news about the business of beauty in the Americas region and regularly produces video interviews with cosmetics, fragrance, personal care, and packaging experts as well as with indie brand founders.

Deanna will be traveling next to the Personal Care Product Council’s annual meeting; if you’ll be there too and have beauty business news to share, feel free to contact her at qrnaan.hgebfxr@jeoz.pbz

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