Coty Prestige Taps Mortier 

Jean Mortier

Coty has announced the appointment of Jean Mortier as president of the company’s prestige business, effective immediately. He will be based in Paris and also serve on Coty’s executive committee.

Mortier, who assumes the position of the company’s newly-announced CEO Michele Scannavini, will lead the development of all products within Coty Prestige’s worldwide distribution portfolio as well as seek new business ventures and collaborations. Since 2005, Mortier has served as Coty’s senior vice president of commercial.

Prior to Coty, Mortier held numerous positions at Unilever—he was senior vice president of Unilever Cosmetics International when Coty purchased it in July 2005—and has worked in various continents including Europe, North America, South America and Asia. He holds a degree in business administration from prestigious Paris-based ESSEC.

“Jean’s strong retailer partnerships, his focus on growth and his understanding of the dynamics of consolidated and emerging markets will be key assets in moving Coty toward the next stage of our success,” Scannavini said.

“I’m honored that Coty’s leadership has chosen me to take the reins from Michele after his successful leadership of our Prestige business,” Mortier said. “I am eager to get started and contribute to this new era at Coty.”

Schwieger’s Open Studio

Ralf Schwieger

Mane perfumer Ralf Schwieger is currently participating in the Museum of Art and Design’s Open Studios program, in which artists will discuss their processes, materials and concepts to foster a dialog with the public. The Department of Olfactory Arts curator for the Museum of Art and Design is industry notable Chandler Burr.

Schwieger will spend every Thursday through December at the museum to give a glimpse into his olfactory creations.

Other participants include multi-disciplinary artist Trong Gia Nguyen, sculptor Derek Haffar, fiber worker Nathan Vincent, industrial designer Lara Knutson and ceramicist Matthew Greco.

Arcade to Open New Jersey Facility

Sensory sampling leader Arcade Marketing has announced that it will become operational in an 84,000 square foot facility in Rockaway, New Jersey by month’s end that will house an all-new initiative entitled Color Optics by Arcade.

The facility will assume production from a previous facility in Saddle Brook following Arcade’s acquisition of premium packager Color Optics in 2011. At almost double the square footage of the previous plant, Arcade will manufacture its PreScent box there, the company said. Arcade also operates production centers in Tennessee and Illinois.

“Combining the unique packaging and sampling capabilities in one operation represents an opportunity to create a new generation of sampling and packaging solutions,” said Arcade’s senior vice president, Diane Crecca. “Most immediately, the new state-of-the art facility provides Arcade with greater resources to develop exciting sensory sampling formats that motivate consumers to buy beauty, fragrance and personal care products.”

“We are excited about the opportunities the new Rockaway facility creates in allowing us to provide innovative packaging solutions at a new level,” said Joe Cicci, who led the Color Optics operation for over eight years and will serve as head of the new operation.