Thursday, June 13, 2013
Speaker Series - West Coast
Brand Ambition: How To Become A Sephora Star
Robb Akridge, Ph.D. Robb Akridge, Ph.D.
Co-Founder and Global General Manager,
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Robb Akridge, PhD, is co-founder of Pacific Bioscience Laboratories, makers of the Clarisonic Sonic Skin Cleansing System and Opal Sonic Infusion System. His mission is to develop technologically advanced and clinically proven products that make a clear difference in skin care, health and beauty.

In his current role, Dr. Robb is Senior Vice President and Global General Manager of Clarisonic. He is responsible for the global expansion of the Clarisonic brand as well as new product development and international marketing. Prior to his new role, Dr. Robb served as Vice President of Clinical Research for Clarisonic. Dr. Robb received his PhD in Immunology from Texas A&M University and has spent over 25 years in medical and global health research, including scientist and clinical trial management positions at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, ICOS Corporation, and Sonicare®. Robb is a member of many professional organizations including the American Academy of Dermatology as an Adjunct Research Member as well as serves a board member for the ICMAD (Independent Cosmetic Manufacturers and Distributors).
Howard Murad Howard Murad
CEO and Founder,
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Howard Murad, M.D., FAAD, is recognized as a leading visionary for his scientific innovations in the fields of health, wellness and dermatology, beginning the Inclusive Health movement which focuses on a total body approach to youth building. Dr. Murad’s scientific discovery of The Science of Cellular Water™, which identifies the common denominator of aging and illness as cellular water loss, is now recognized as one of the world’s most comprehensive approaches to understanding health and aging, looking at the ability of cell membranes to hold water as the fundamental marker of youthful good health.

A board-certified dermatologist, trained pharmacist and Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at the Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA, Dr. Murad has personally treated over 50,000 patients. In 1989 he founded Murad, Inc. as a way to share his groundbreaking skincare formulas which were among the first to achieve significant measurable anti-aging results without surgery. Dr. Murad continues his innovative research and holds 18 patents for advances in the science of skin health.

Known as “The Father of Internal Skincare”for being an originator of the use of dietary supplements to promote skin health and as the pioneer of the use of Alpha Hydroxy Acids in topical skin care, Dr. Murad has received numerous recognitions including being named the “Best Forward-Thinking Doctor” by Vogue Magazine, a “Beauty Genius” by Elle Magazine, an “Industry Visionary” by the International SPA Association and was inducted into Dermascope magazine’s “Academy of Legends.” Dr. Murad is largely considered to be a leading visionary in the fields of skincare and dermatology and continues to revolutionize the skincare, health and wellness industries. Additionally, he discovered and continuously conducts research on the impact of Cultural Stress, the constant and pervasive form of stress due to modern day living which has been scientifically proven to have a negative impact on cellular health. He continues his innovative research today using his training as a pharmacist, a board certified dermatologist, his insights as an entrepreneur and his enormous passion for life to positively transform overall health and wellness of people across the globe.

Dr. Murad grew up in Queens, N.Y. After earning his degree at The Arnold and Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, he worked as a pharmacist while attending University of California at Irvine Medical School. He completed his rotating internship at New York’s Queens Hospital. Later, Dr. Murad joined the U.S. military as a General Medical Officer for the United States Army, where he received a Bronze Star for his service as a battalion surgeon in Vietnam. He then completed his dermatology residency at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital at UCLA.

Dr. Murad is involved in continuous research on total body health and runs a robust medical practice, the Murad Inclusive Health Medical Group in El Segundo, Calif., where he regularly sees patients who are seeking out personalized Inclusive Health programs.

Priya Venkatesh Priya Venkatesh
Vice President of Merchandising, Skincare and Hair,
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Priya Venkatesh has been with Sephora for over 7 years and is a true expert in the field. Working with over 75 brands, she oversees the sales stimulation of thousands of products – not limited to creams, oils and masks, but even hair removal and teeth whitening aids. She drives and executes the major merchandising strategies and new initiatives for this department, always watching for new trends and ways to innovate the skincare and hair world with enticing new products and tools for the Sephora client. If Sephora is nicknamed the ”Beauty Expert” then Priya is definitely the Skincare and Hair expert!
Moderated by: Andrea Nagel, Executive Editor, CEW Beauty Insider

*Attendees of this event will receive an amazing gift bag valued at over $350 - including a Clarisonic Mia, Murad Rapid Collagen Infusion, Sephora Collection products and more!
Location Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows, Santa Monica
101 Wilshire Boulevard
Santa Monica CA, 90401
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