Symrise Nom’d for Sustainability Award 

The German Sustainability Award committee has nominated global supplier Symrise for its approach to the sustainable procurement of vanilla in Madagascar.

Symrise is one of three finalists in the “Germany’s Most Sustainable Initiative” category, recognized for supporting thousands of local vanilla farmers from cultivation to harvest to fermentation to extraction—all of which takes place locally. The award will be presented at the committee’s fifth annual event following German Sustainability Day on December 7 in Düsseldorf.

“We are very excited about the nomination,” stated Symrise CEO Dr. Heinz-Jürgen Bertram. “It confirms that we’re on the right path with the ongoing integration of sustainability into our business model.” The company also benefits from these efforts with long-term access to high-quality raw materials, making it more globally competitive.

Shiseido Sponsors Fortune Summit 

Heidi Manheimer

Shiseido sponsored Fortune magazine’s 14th annual Most Powerful Women Summit that took place at the Ritz-Carlton in Laguna Niguel, California from October 1-3. Female leaders in business, government, academia, philanthropy and the arts gathered to share ideas—and were treated to complimentary spa services care of Shiseido, who has served as the exclusive beauty sponsor of the event since 2002.

The brand offered facial massages, makeup application and product retailing (in partnership with Nordstrom) to attendees as well as eye cream and mascara giveaways. Additionally, Shiseido Cosmetics America CEO Heidi Manheimer participated in “Notebook Mentoring” sessions to connect high school juniors and seniors with powerful women mentors.

Kramer Kaye’s Role Expands at AMI 

Kramer Kaye
Cheryl Kramer Kaye

American Media, Inc. (AMI) has named Cheryl Kramer Kaye the executive beauty director of its women’s lifestyle and entertainment groups. Formerly beauty and fashion director for Star magazine, in Kramer Kaye’s new role she will contribute beauty and style content to both Shape and Star. Prior to joining AMI, Kramer Kaye was the beauty director at Redbook for nearly a decade.

“I can’t wait to get back into the deeper-delving monthly format at Shape and collaborate with the magazine’s incredible editorial team and advisory board,” Kramer Kaye stated. “And I still get to indulge in my true guilty pleasure, Star.”

“We’re thrilled Cheryl is continuing to provide top-tier beauty expertise to Star and now to Shape readers,” said AMI chairman, president and CEO David Pecker. Added Tara Kraft, Shape’s VP/editor in chief: “Cheryl is one of the most respected—and talented—editors in the beauty industry.”

Mane Taps Morris

Westly Morris

Mane has named Westly Morris its senior vice president of fine fragrances, effective October 8. Morris will be tapped with growing the company’s fine fragrance division stateside as well as aligning Mane’s New York creative center with its initiatives in Paris and Sao Paulo.

“I am extremely proud that Westly elected Mane as his fragrance house of choice,” said Michel Mane, president of Mane Americas.

Previously, Morris has held positions at Firmenich in global fine fragrances as well as at Quest before its merger with Givaudan. He has also been on the brand side of the business at Elizabeth Arden.

Leigh Joins Goldstein Communications 

Lyn Leigh
Lyn Leigh

Lyn Leigh, former director of press and communications for The Fragrance Foundation, has left the organization to head up a new beauty division within New York-based PR agency Goldstein Communications. Her new title will be senior vice president, Beauty For All.

Leigh has previously held positions in London, Paris and New York for companies including Givenchy and The Estée Lauder Companies. She is currently consulting for the just-launched Evologie skin care line for acne-prone skin.

Musmanno to Head Frag. Foundation 

Elizabeth Musmanno

Following a six-month search effort, The Fragrance Foundation has named Elizabeth Musmanno its new president, effective immediately. Musmanno is the organization’s third president, following Annette Green and Rochelle Bloom. She will be tasked with forging new strategic allegiances and exclusive business initiatives and was chosen for her connections within and, most importantly, outside of the beauty world.

“We believe her deep connections in a vast array of industries will bring a fresh perspective to the foundation,” said Jill Belasco, board chair of The Fragrance Foundation and CEO of CoScentrix. Added Cosimo Policastro, executive VP of fine fragrances, Givaudan: “We are thinking about the foundation in a completely different way.”

Musmanno formerly served as VP of global communications at Unilever Cosmetics International, worldwide marketing and communications director for Christian Dior Couture and senior vice president of global communications and marketing at Vera Wang before founding her own firm, The Musmanno Group, in 2010—whose operations she will continue to oversee.

The Fragrance Foundation was founded in 1949 and currently counts over 100 member companies.