Elizabeth Arden’s Art Spiro with Elizabeth Musmanno of The Fragrance Foundation.
Art Spiro, Elizabeth Arden’s executive vice president, global fragrance innovation, entered The Fragrance Foundation’s coveted Circle of Champions during a roast ceremony held on October 8 at the St. Regis Hotel here in New York.
Selected by the Foundation’s board of directors for his extraordinary impact on the fragrance industry, roasters included: Givaudan’s executive vice president, Cos Policastro; IFF’s group president, Nicolas Mirzayantz; Bath & Body Works’ president of brand merchandising, Camille McDonald; Ann Gottlieb Associates’ president, Ann Gottlieb; and roastmaster Donald Loftus, president of Parlux.
Between barbs, Spiro was celebrated for his leadership acumen and benevolent nature. Policastro noted that Spiro had “transformed the business—and in the process, people’s lives,” while McDonald said that, “Art invented loyalty.” As the consummate family man, Gottlieb joked that, last February, Spiro was part of “the best launch of all time”—his grandson, Joshua.
For his part, Spiro thanked his colleagues and family while trying—and sometimes failing—to choke back tears. “I may not be the most prestigious executive to have won this award,” he said, “but I’m certainly the most appreciative.”
At Arden, Spiro develops the Elizabeth Arden brand fragrances as well as many of its global licenses. Prior to joining the company, Spiro spent 15 years as president of Liz Claiborne Cosmetics, playing a pivotal role in the launches of Juicy Couture, Usher and Curve.
He has also served as president of Guerlain, Parfums Kenzo and Acqua Di Parma, and spent 13 years at Christian Dior—culminating as vice president of marketing—during which he helped launch Poison and Fahrenheit.
Spiro serves on the board of both The Fragrance Foundation and the Personal Care Products Council (PCPC), as well as a mentor for students at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT).
|Givaudan’s Cos Policastro, Ann Gottlieb of Ann Gottlieb Associates, IFF’s Nicolas Mirzayantz, Art Spiro of Elizabeth Arden, The Fragrance Foundation’s Elizabeth Musmanno, Camille McDonald of Bath & Body Works and Parlux’s Don Loftus.||Harold Ickovics of Great American Beauty with Elizabeth Arden’s Scott Beattie.||Nicholas Munafo of LVMH with Don Loftus of Parlux.|
|Elizabeth Arden’s Eric Horowitz, Robin Mason, Art Spiro, Lori Mariano and Kathy Widmer.||P&G’s Dominick Gigante and Dennis Curran (r.) with Karen Drechsler of GQ.||Camille McDonald of Bath & Body Works with Elizabeth Arden’s Art Spiro.|
|IFF’s Doug Tough with Elizabeth Arden’s Scott Beattie.||Elizabeth Arden’s Art Spiro, Ann Gottlieb of Ann Gottlieb Associates, Beth Spiro and Givaudan’s Cos Policastro.||IFF’s Nicolas Mirzayantz with Elizabeth Arden’s Art Spiro and Justin Spiro of Agilex.|
|IFF’s Lorenzo Cavallaro with Thomas Burkhardt of Coty.||Firmenich’s Theo Spilka with Noreen Dodge of Elizabeth Arden.||GQ’s Karen Drechsler with Ron Rolleston of Elizabeth Arden.|
|Jill Belasco of CoScentrix with The Fragrance Foundation’s Elizabeth Musmanno, Christian Dior’s Dianne Vavra and Self’s Elaine D’Farley.||The NPD Group’s Karen Grant with Ann Gottlieb of Ann Gottlieb Associates and Coty’s Lori Singer.||Mike Indursky of Bliss with Coty’s Lorrie King and RPG’s Sally Skidmore and Bruce Teitelbaum.|
|Howard Kreitzman of Bloomingdale’s with Firmenich’s Jerry Vittoria and Francine Gingras of Elizabeth Arden.||Givaudan’s Lauren Bitet with Robin Mason of Elizabeth Arden.||Jill Belasco of CoScentrix and Elizabeth Arden’s Art Spiro with Stacie Borteck and Howard Kreitzman of Bloomingdale’s.|
|IFF’s Kristin Brunner and Laurent Le Guernec (r.) with Tamara Steele of Elizabeth Arden.||Mark Knitowski of Victoria’s Secret Beauty with IFF’s Kristin Brunner and Ron Winnegrad.||Symrise’s John Lando with Kellie Como of Inter Parfums.|
|See more Circle of Champions photos in Cosmetic World October 21,2013 issue.|
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