Leader of the Year Award Finalists by INNOCOS announced

INNOCOS is thrilled to announce the finalists of the 2019 Innovation Leader of the Year Awards in categories

  • Leader of the Year
  • Entrepreneur of the Year 
  • Emerging Leader of the Year

The award recognizes outstanding innovation leaders from the beauty industries.

To evaluate the nominations, INNOCOS events brought together an international panel of judges from academia and industry


  • Pascal Houdayer
  • Lars Sudmann
  • Richard Kestenbaum
  • Mary Manning


The judges are experts in the fields of Leadership, Strategy and Innovation.

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.


Categories & finalists below (alphabetic order by name)


Leader of the Year:

  • Jessica Hanson, President, Amorepacific US Inc.
  • Sonia Summers, Founder and CEO, Beauty Barrage
  • Michelle Pacynski, VP Digital Innovation, 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 (Founder Dirty Lemon)


After the finalist interviews, the judges will meet (online/offline) to pick the winner for each category. Finalists will be notified in advance so that they can prepare for the interviews.

The three winners will be officially announced on February 18th, 2019 and formally recognized at INNOCOS summit in Sonoma on March 4th. Press interviews of the winners will be arranged during the day of the INNOCOS Summit www.innocosevents.com


Press contact

Paul Lima: Paul@innocosevents.com


Taking place in unique venues around the world: Paris, New York, London, LA, Dubai, Rome, Madrid, Lisbon, Vienna, Nice, Geneva, Miami and more…INNOCOS quickly became known as the destination conference, focusing on creating an unforgettable experience.

Our case study presentations from the most innovative beauty brands and retailers are informative, inspiring, with actionable insights.

It is important for us to keep a bonding experience at INNOCOS by sending a personal invitation and limiting the number of attendees. The size of the group already creates the right atmosphere to join the conversations and over 10 hours of networking activities helps learn from peers and build long-lasting relationships.


Upcoming Events 2019

INNOCOS USA and Leader of the Year Awards, Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa, March 3-5. Agenda: https://innocosevents.com/innoCossummit.pdf

INNOCOS Global summit and ventures, Sun Gardens Hotel Dubrovnik, June 20-21

INNOCOS Asia, Seoul, Sept. 18-20

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