Innocos announces beauty leader awards finalists

By Lucy Whitehouse contact

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Innocos announces beauty leader awards finalists
Innocos, a beauty conference with a special focus on startups, has announced the beauty professionals who have been shortlisted for its leader of the year awards.

The 2019 Innovation Leader of the Year Awards by Innocos​ are spread across three categories: Leader of the Year, Entrepreneur of the Year and Emerging Leader of the Year. “The award recognizes outstanding innovation leaders from the beauty industries,” the organisers explain.

Expert judging panel

An international panel of judges from academia and industry evaluated the nominations:

  • Pascal Houdayer, CEO at NAOS
  • Lars Sudmann, management consultant
  • Richard Kestenbaum, Partner at Triangle Capital LLC,
  • Mary Manning, Managing Partner at SilkRoute Strategists

“The judges are experts in the fields of Leadership, Strategy and Innovation,” says Innocos organisers.

“Following an extensive evaluation of the nominations in their respective categories the top three finalists of each category were identified and will be brought to the next round. In the next two weeks, the judges will interview each the finalists in each category.”


The following are the finalists, listed alphabetically:

Leader of the Year:

Jessica Hanson, President, Amorepacific US Inc.

Sonia Summers, Founder and CEO, Beauty Barrage

Michelle Pacynski, VP Digital Innovtion, Ulta Beauty

Entrepreneur of the Year:

Olowo-n'djo Tchala, Founder & CEO, Alaffia

Parham Aarabi, CEO & Founder, MODIFACE

Richard Wilmink, CEO & Co-Founder, Oolaboo

Emerging Leader of the Year:

Jillian Wright, Co-Founder, Indie Beauty Media Group

Lauren Brooke Steinberg, Founder, Queen V!

Zak Normandin, Iris Nova (Co-founder of Dirty Lemon)

For ingredients and brands, Cosmetics Design is running our annual Beauty Industry Awards​, with all categories now open for entry. Discover more and enter here​. 

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