Professional hair care veteran Robin Powell joins the board at DS Laboratories and will head global development.
Miami Beach, FL., February 2, 2011.
Robin Powell, a professional hair care veteran who has grown several companies over four decades of industry experience, has joined the board of directors and will head global business development at DS Laboratories, which markets topical treatments under the brands DS Laboratories, Sigma Skin, Polaris Research, and The Pure Guild.
This is a surprising development, as Powell
has come out of retirement to join the team at DS Laboratories
has a long line of successful ventures in the professional hair care industry.
In the early eighties, he
as a small family business selling a new line of salon products and Powell
was instrumental in building international distribution which culminated in the early nineties in the sale of Sebastian International
to Wella which later became part of Procter & Gamble
In 1994, after the sale of Sebastian, Powell was invited by the Mascolo brothers to join TIGI.
Known at the time for Toni & Guy salons and education, the Mascolos wanted to build a global professional hair care brand.
Within a few years, as VP of Business Development Worldwide and a member of the TIGI
board of directors, Powell
propelled the TIGI
Bed Head line into over one hundred countries with the eventual sale of TIGI
for more than $400 million dollars.
DS Laboratories coaxed Powell out of retirement because, according to CEO Daniel Khesin, "He came to believe that DS Laboratories is pursuing the most innovative path in personal care, with products that attract repeat customers and facilitate easy entry into new markets.
feels that this could be his
biggest venture yet.
is a legend in this industry," continued Khesin.
We are now much more efficient because Robin
knows the people in each region who are the best fit for us.
gets us on the phone with the right decision makers, and we just have to ensure them we can supply enough product.
Really, it's unbelievable."
said, "DS Laboratories
has all the right pieces in place, there is a 'wow' factor and efficacy that is simply unmatched in the industry.