We’ve had some fresh faces join the staff of C&T this year, and now we’re adding to our industry expertise with two new members of the C&T Scientific Advisory Board: Claudie Willemin and Karl Laden.
The immediate past president of the IFSCC, Willemin served as president of the IFSCC from 2014 to 2015. She was elected as the delegate for France to the IFSCC Praesidium in 2009, and president of Société Française de Cosmétologie (SFC) in 2012.
Willemin graduated from École Supérieure de Chimie Organique et Minérale (ESCOM) with a focus on the physico-chemistry approach to formulation. She has worked in the cosmetic field since 1991, joining L’Oréal in 1999 as the sun care products development manager. She is currently the international director of skin care, sun care & hygiene–applied research, research and innovation, L'Oreal, and she worked for Rhone-Poulenc and Rhodia from 1977 to 1999.
Willemin was a member of the Sun Products Sub-Committee in Colipa from 2000 to 2003. She joined the Council of the French Society in 1996, in charge of the education program, and in 1999 was vice president of science and techniques for the education committee and scientific congress.
“Claudie brings great insight and inspiration to our scientific advisory board,” said Rachel Grabenhofer, scientific acquisitions editor for Allured Business Media and coordinator for the C&T Scientific Advisory Board. “She has high-level expertise in both sun and skin care, and access to cutting edge research through her many networks at L'Oreal, IFSCC/SFC and Colipa. We're honored to welcome her to our prestigious board.”
A multiple-award-winning chemist, author and a past president and chairman of the SCC, Laden is currently the technical manager for Alpa Cosmetics, Carmiel, Israel, where he is responsible for all regulatory and technical matters relating to products. His responsibilities also include the development and manufacture of new products for the Orna 19 brand of hair removal and skin care products.
Laden served in a variety of leadership positions during his prestigious career. He completed a 16-year stint in 1976 with the Gillette Company as president of the Gillette Company Research Institute, managing a staff of 125 people that handled scientific studies for the company and contract studies for other corporations, trade associations and government agencies.
He next served as vice president, research and development, for Carter-Wallace Corporation from 1976 to 1986. His team helped develop many well-known brands, including Arrid Extra Dry anti-perspirants and deodorants, Nair depilatories, Pearl Drops toothpolish and Sea & Ski sunscreens, among others. Following his tenure at Carter-Wallace he became a consultant.
Laden received his Ph.D in Chemistry from Northwestern University in 1957.
“Karl is a treasure trove of information about our industry,” said Grabenhofer. “His experience, especially in the areas of regulations and microbiology, are of keen interest to our audience and will greatly benefit the content we produce. I am thrilled to welcome him aboard.”