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  • Steve Mormoris, Coty Prestige; Jean Mortier, Coty Prestige; Jill Scalamandre, Coty Prestige; Marc Rey, Coty Prestige NA
    Steve Mormoris, Coty Prestige; Jean Mortier, Coty Prestige; Jill Scalamandre, Coty Prestige; Marc Rey, Coty Prestige NA
  • Cindy Harper, Macy’s Inc; Nancy Schmidt, Macy’s Inc
    Cindy Harper, Macy’s Inc; Nancy Schmidt, Macy’s Inc
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  • Pete Born, WWD; Carlotta Jacobson, CEW
    Pete Born, WWD; Carlotta Jacobson, CEW
  • Fabrizio Freda, The Estée Lauder Companies Inc
    Fabrizio Freda, The Estée Lauder Companies Inc

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Thursday, September 19, 2013
Newsmaker Forum
Strategies for Profitability: Michael Gould & Heidi Manheimer Talk Business
Michael Gould Michael Gould
Chairman and CEO,
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Michael Gould, often referred to as one of the most accomplished and recognized leaders in American retailing, became Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Bloomingdale’s in November 1991. His tenure has seen the greatest period of transformation and growth in the store’s history, expanding from 16 units located mainly in the east, to a broad national brand presence with 37 stores in 18 major markets from coast to coast, the debut of 12 Bloomingdale's, The Outlet Store locations, and the launch of bloomingdales.com. In 2010, Gould led the brand to its first global expansion into Dubai.

Mr. Gould received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Columbia University in 1966 and continued there to earn a master’s degree from the Graduate School of Business. It was a summer internship program during his MBA studies that afforded Gould his first retail experience. A brief summer stint at Abraham and Straus in New York was enough to inspire him to seek a retail career; and in 1968, Gould entered that store’s Executive Training Squad as an assistant buyer in decorative home furnishings. He soon became the company’s youngest merchandise vice president.

In 1978, Mr. Gould was named Senior Vice President of J.W. Robinson’s in Los Angeles, responsible for men’s, children’s, juniors, moderate sportswear and home furnishings. Within two years he was appointed Executive Vice President of merchandising and sales promotion. In 1981, he became J.W. Robinson’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Subsequently, he also became a member of the Board of Directors for Associated Dry Goods. In 1986, he was tapped as President and Chief Operating Officer of Giorgio Beverly Hills. When Avon Products purchased the company in 1987, he was named President and Chief Executive Officer, and remained there until joining Bloomingdale’s.

Mr. Gould divides his spare time among a number of important affiliations, serving on: the Board of Trustees of Lenox Hill Hospital; the Board of Overseers of Columbia University Graduate School of Business; and the Board of Trustees of Central Synagogue. He also serves on the Executive Committee of The American Jewish Committee.

Over the years, Mr. Gould has received numerous awards for distinguished service from many organizations, universities and industry associations, along with a variety of cultural and philanthropic groups. While he remains personally and professionally committed to these activities, his children always come first; and as such, is intensely proud of being recognized by the Father’s Day and Mother’s Day Council as the 1999 National Father of the Year.
Heidi Manheimer Heidi Manheimer
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As the first American woman to be named Chief Executive Officer of Shiseido Cosmetics America, Heidi Manheimer has continually broken new ground. Ms. Manheimer combines a deep commitment to Shiseido’s 140-year plus history with an unsurpassed retail savvy. Her expert stewardship in translating Shiseido’s essence, from philanthropy to aesthetics, for the U.S. market has led to continual year-over-year growth.

Named CEO in 2006, Ms. Manheimer is responsible for the success of the U.S. division of the Japanese cosmetics giant across all categories including cosmetics, skincare and fragrance. She first joined Shiseido in September 2000 as Executive Vice President and General Manager. Within two years, she was promoted to President of U.S. Operations, a title she held from April 2002 until her appointment as CEO in January 2006.

During Ms. Manheimer’s tenure as CEO, she has played a pivotal role in deepening strategic relationships with retail partners and in growing Shiseido’s business. Ms. Manheimer led the company’s move into the digital space, establishing innovative social media programs and driving e-commerce sales. Last year, she directed the American arm of the worldwide Mirai Tsubaki philanthropic initiative honoring Shiseido’s 140th anniversary, including a day of service for employees, as well as the “Wishes for the World” program.

Active in industry associations and charitable causes, Ms. Manheimer serves on the executive committee of the Personal Care Products Council (PCPC) and Cosmetic Executive Women (CEW). She is an active supporter of Cancer and Careers, a CEW charitable initiative. Ms. Manheimer also sits on the Industry Advisory Board for the FIT Cosmetic and Fragrance Marketing and Management graduate program, and mentors young industry leaders. Outside of the beauty industry, Ms. Manheimer is on the Board of Directors for Burton Snowboards.

Always a visionary, Ms. Manheimer played an integral role in the introduction of several now-popular fragrance brands and beauty lines, including NARS Cosmetics, at Barney’s New York as Vice President and Divisional Merchandise Manager of Cosmetics, Fragrances, and Apothecary. She began her beauty career at Bloomingdale’s.

Moderated by Jill Scalamandre, SVP, philosophy brand and Coty Prestige skincare, Coty Inc., CEW Chairwoman

Location Harmonie Club
4 East 60th Street
New York NY, 10022
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Onsite event photography by Juergen Frank

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