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)