After an extensive national search, Anne Sempowski Ward, former assistant vice president of African-American Marketing for the Coca-Cola Company, has been appointed President and Chief Operating Officer of Fashion Fair Cosmetics-the world's largest cosmetic and skin care company for women of color.
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Additionally, Senior Vice-President J. Lance Clarke has been named Senior Vice-President and Director of Global Sales and will oversee the national and international sales for the cosmetics.
In Ward's newly created role that will be effective October 1, she will lead all aspects of sales, product development, supply chain and marketing. She will also create and oversee all business development strategies and implement diversified initiatives to strengthen brand equity.
"Anne has more than 15 years of brand management and leadership experience, which will help to cultivate our global growth strategy initiatives," said Linda Johnson Rice, President and CEO of Johnson Publishing Company.
"With her zealous understanding of the ever-changing marketplace, she is well-positioned to meet the challenge to help revolutionize Fashion Fair Cosmetics."
As former assistant vice president of African-American Marketing for the Coca-Cola Company, Ward was responsible for implementing all business development strategies and programs to build market share with African-American consumers across all major Coca-Cola brands, including Coke, Sprite, Powerade, Dasani and Minute Maid.
Prior to this role, Ward spent more than a decade at Procter & Gamble, where she led several brands and categories, including Pampers, Always, Tampax and hair care.
She is perhaps best known for launching significant African-American marketing strategies and programs within both Fortune 500 companies. Ward also created the "Total You" beauty platform across P&G's largest beauty brands.
The Detroit native received her Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science from Duke University. She also earned a Global MBA degree from Duke University's Fuqua School of Business.
An active member of the civic and business communities, Ward has received numerous acknowledgements for her work. She has been recognized as a YMCA Black Achiever, YWCA Rising Star, and a "Top Black Executive in a Major Corporation" and "Woman at the Top" by EBONY magazine. She was also the youngest and first African-American trustee on the P&G Fund, the entity responsible for all of P&G's philanthropic giving.
Fashion Fair Cosmetics was introduced in September 1973 at Marshall Field's in Chicago and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Johnson Publishing Company, Inc. where Linda Johnson Rice is President and CEO. Fashion Fair can be found in nearly 2,000 fine stores in the U.S., U.K., Canada, Africa, the Caribbean, France and other countries around the world. Fashion Fair has also established offices in London and can be found in nearly 100 fine stores there as well. Fashion Fair Cosmetics was founded by the late entrepreneur John H. Johnson.
For more information about Fashion Fair Cosmetics, visit www.fashionfair.com.
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