The 1st of February 2015 Dr. Christina Zech joined the German company Faber-Castell Cosmetics as Managing Director. She leads the company together with Countess Mary von Faber-Castell. After 20+ years of responsibilities in various technical and commercial roles Christina Zech has broad business experience in the make-up industry. Her integration occurs at a time when the German firm, recognized today as one of the leading private label cosmetic pencil manufacturers world-wide, closes its fiscal year (April 2014 / March 2015) with a considerable increase of sales compared to the previous year. A period also marked by the ramp-up of the new Brazilian plant and the launch of several new products...
Indeed a remarkable career path for Dr. Zech who was successively, Director R&D, Mascara and Colour Lab Liquids at Schwan-STABILO Cosmetics, Head of Technical Marketing at DSM Nutritional Products Europe in Switzerland , VP Sales RoW and R&D at GEKA and VP of Global Sales at MANA Products International. Her background and professional experience as a polymer chemist, formulator and packaging specialist is complemented by MBA degrees in General Management gained at the Universities of St. Gallen and Toronto.
“I am honored to be joining this company with long-standing history. I am convinced that my background as well as my professional experience in the global cosmetics B2B environment, will help to even strengthen the profile of Faber-Castell Cosmetics as a global innovation leader and highly flexible solution provider in our field”. I look forward to working with a talented and dedicated team, use my knowledge and share my passion for cosmetics,” says Dr. Zech.
“We are happy to have her join us. With her deep understanding of the R&D, commercial and technical side it is our aim to further increase our creativity, competitiveness and service to our customers,” says Countess Mary von Faber-Castell.
Faber-Castell Cosmetics: The ambition of a leader
Established in 1978,Faber-Castell Cosmetics is recognized today as one of the leading private label cosmetic manufacturers world-wide, specialized in colour cosmetics and nail care. Faber-Castell Cosmetics operates through a global network of production sites in Germany and Brazil with sales organizations in 13 different countries. The production sites offer vertical integration – a material flow from our own harvested wood, tooling, injection moulding, filling and assembly, decorating, packing and logistics: Flexibility and autonomy under ONE roof.
“Faber-Castell Cosmetics,” explains the Countess Mary von Faber-Castell, “successfully combines the heritage, tradition and sustainability policy of the Faber-Castell name with the modern challenges of the dynamic cosmetics industry. The synergy of chemical and technical core competences within the Faber-Castell Group allows us to continuously offer our customers points of differentiation and individual product development with cosmetics specializations. Innovation, quality, reliability and efficiency characterize Faber-Castell Cosmetics’ products and services. Thanks to an intelligent modular system of formulations, packaging and accessories we design and develop state-of the art standard and
customized products as well as individual product developments for nearly every make-up application."
Novelties, still more novelties!
In 2014 Faber-Castell Cosmetics presented two new packaging systems: the airtight Combo Stick (a two-in-one pencil) with the Cool Cats concept: A creamy, intense kajal formula on one side and a deep black 12-hour liquid liner on the other. The liner’s tapered tip allows for a detailed application.
A second new application system is the Chubby Mechanical Pencil. It was presented with Simply Red XXL - a high definition lipstick with semi-matte finish and ultra-rich 5h lasting colour – and as Dynamic Do-All Concealer: 8h colour correction, skin care benefits and perfect waterproof coverage in one step. The actives inside!-seal guarantees a minimum amount of 20% actives proven by efficacy tests.
With Stroke Of Genius the first 12h liquid eyeliner with rich, intense pigments and pearl effects in a Slim Capillary System is presented which enables a smooth, even and endless line in one stroke.
2015 Spring Collection
Faber-Castell Cosmetics will showcase the new Mini Chubby Mechanical Pencil with 2 concepts: The Art of Contouring – a natural face lift in 3 easy steps – and Spot Fighter – an 8h lasting concealer with salicylic acid. And the innovative Wonder Brow perfectly completes their “Best of Brows”- assortment: The lightweight, pigmented gel formula wraps each hair in a touch of colour. No clumping, flaking or hardening. 12h long-lasting and waterproof. The bristle brush of the Liquid Applicator perfectly supports the coating of each hair.
Interview by Jean-Yves Bourgeois
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