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Avon Hires Brazil GM

Avon Products Inc. has appointed José Vicente Marino executive vice president and general manager for Brazil. Marino was most recently president of Flora Cosméticos e Limpeza, a beauty and hygiene product business owned by JBS Group. He also worked at Natura & Co., most recently as chief operating officer, where he led a multi-channel and multi-brand strategy as well as the sales team. Marino has also worked at Johnson & Johnson and BestFoods, which is now owned by Unilever. Marino will start at Avon Sept. 17. He will be tasked with accelerating growth in Brazil, which took a hit during Avon’s most recent quarter because of a truckers’ strike. Brazil is Avon’s largest market. “We are delighted to welcome José Vicente to our executive leadership team,” said Jan Zijderveld, Avon’s chief executive officer. “His direct selling expertise, deep knowledge of Brazil, the consumer products industry and disciplined leadership skills, alongside a proven track record in driving growth and turning businesses around, will add tremendous energy to accelerating our business opportunities in Brazil.” More from WWD.com:  Jan Zijderveld Is Planning to Build a New Avon Avon Posts $37 Million Loss for Second Quarter

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Model Call: Sheila Marquez

Sheila Marquez — a recognizable name and an even more recognizable face. At 31, the Supreme-repped model has maintained a steady career since breaking out eight years ago after debuting as a Gucci runway exclusive. Editorials in W, Vogue, Marie Claire, Harper’s Bazaar and many more titles soon followed, as did campaigns for Gap, DKNY and Theory, to name a few. Now, life for the model, who originally hails from the Basque region of Spain, looks a little different. She lives in Williamsburg with her partner and their three-month-old son, Lucius. But she’s already back to work. “It’s pretty cool because there’s really a boom with so many models having babies right now,” she said, referring to Dolce & Gabbana’s fall show dedicated to motherhood. These days, in between jobs, she hangs out with a model crew that includes Kasia Struss, Alana Zimmer, Hanne Gaby, Jacquelyn Jablonski, Raquel Zimmermann, Freja Beha Erichsen, Dorothea Barth and Britt Maren. “We all live in Brooklyn or the Lower East Side, and we get together a lot,” she said. “As with every other model, you do a few seasons of really good shows, people start getting to know you, and you get your clients. In

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IFF Sales Rise, Frutarom Deal to Close in Q4

International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. (IFF) is on track to close the Frutarom merger this year — earlier than expected. IFF, a supplier to the beauty and food industries, went through the details of the $7.1 billion Frutarom merger on its second-quarter earnings call Wednesday. The business plans to receive $3.1 billion in debt financing for the deal, executives said. IFF’s chairman and chief executive officer Andreas Fibig stressed the companies’ complimentary capabilities on the call with Wall Street. IFF is planning to sell some of Frutarom’s offerings to its existing customers, for example, and Frutarom gives the business more access to small and mid-sized customers, which are growing faster than large ones, he noted. “The categories we have now as a portfolio, as a combined company — or that we will have after closing — [give] us the ability to move categories that have good and high growth rates, like natural colors, for example,” Fibig said. IFF’s merger with Frutarom is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter. “Together with Frutarom, IFF expects to deliver accelerated growth and offer our customers a stronger, more differentiated portfolio of integrated solutions, allowing us to expand beyond our core taste and scent businesses into nutrition,” said Fibig in a statement.

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Eric Bompard Names Emily Harris Head Designer

PARIS — Eric Bompard has hired knitwear designer Emily Harris as creative director, WWD has learned. Harris, who joined the company from Chloé, will design the spring collection for the French cashmere specialist, according to sources. The designer has also worked in knitwear design at Sonia Rykiel. Officials at Eric Bompard declined to comment. The company was purchased in March by a financial consortium made up of French businessman Xavier Marie, the French investment fund Apax Partners SA and French public investment bank BPI France. The investors, who did not reveal financial terms of the deal, expressed interest in developing Bompard abroad and online. The 30-year-old group sells sweaters for men, women and children and has 56 stores in total, mostly in France, with around 10 elsewhere in Europe, including one in London. Marie founded the furniture and home décor company Maisons du Monde but has branched out into fashion in recent years with the acquisition of children’s clothing brand Bonton and women’s wear label Paule Ka.

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