Head of US Innovation and Research Prospective Team
Eileen Kim is the Head of US Innovation and Research Prospective Team of CHANEL. In her current role, she leads the US team of scientists and chemist that develop makeup, skincare and toiletry innovations and products for CHANEL worldwide.
Eileen Kim has spent the last 25 years working in cosmetic science. Prior to Chanel, she worked for 13 years in various research and managerial positions at L’Oréal, in both the US and in France. At L’Oréal, she developed color cosmetics, skincare and toiletries products, for brands such as Lancôme, Maybelline, L’Oréal, Ralph Lauren, Garnier and Kiehl’s. She also spent two and a half years working in the L’Oréal Research and Development headquarters in Paris.
Her educational background includes a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Seton Hall University and a Master’s of Cosmetics & Fragrance Marketing and Management from Fashion Institute of Technology.
In addition to her focus in cosmetic science, she is a state board licensed Cosmetologist in the state of New Jersey, a state board licensed Esthetician in the state of New York and is certified in Makeup Artistry from Make-up Designory, NYC.
Head of R&I
Ron is veteran cosmetic chemist with over 20 years of experience in creating innovative, big-selling beauty products for leading beauty brands (Revlon, Avon, L’Oreal, Estee Lauder, Clinique). Ron recently started his own beauty brand,BeautyStat Cosmetics. His brand, already an award-winner, was called out as one of the most Google searched beauty brands due in part to its best-selling vitamin C serum (Universal C Skin Refiner) that has been named one of the best by Oprah Magazine, Allure, Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar. He is also a resident beauty expert for Allure magazine.
Mike Wong, PhD.
VP, Technical Services
Mike Wong has broad experience in various consumer products categories for 25+ years. After receiving his B.S. (University of Tulsa; Chemistry & Mathematics) and Ph.D. (University of Illinois; Chemistry), Mike joined Colgate-Palmolive in Oral Care. He has subsequently worked for L’Oreal (Hair Care), Henkel (Laundry & Home Care and Personal Care), Scotts Miracle-Gro (Garden) and EOS (Personal Care). He is currently the VP of Technical Services at H2O+.
He has led domestic and international teams (including expat assignments in Belgium and Germany). Mike has over 20 patents and publications.
In his spare time, Mike enjoys playing volleyball, hiking, biking and traveling. He’s been to over 30 countries.
The Estee Lauder Companies
Director, Advanced Technologies/Material Science
Dr. Tao Zheng has been an innovation leader and material scientist with 20 years’ experience in personal care industry. He joined The Estee Lauder Companies in 2019 as Director of Material Science and Makeup Innovation. He leads a team of scientists to create, design and implement key Makeup Charter Innovation programs to develop breakthrough technology platforms for cosmetic brands including Estée Lauder®, Clinique®, La Mer®, MAC®, Origins®, Smashbox®, Bobbi Brown®, and Tom Ford Beauty®.
Prior to Estee Lauder, Dr. Zheng headed the Sun Care and Skin Care Innovation group at Edgewell Personal Care for 7 years, where he developed OTC products and technology pipeline for Banana Boat® and Hawaiian Tropic® brands, the leading sun care brands in U.S. and global markets. In addition, he developed antibacterial wipes for Wet Ones® brand following FDA monograph.
Prior to Edgewell, he worked at Avon as Program Manager for 12 years, driving color cosmetics and skin care innovations. He also worked at Procter & Gamble for oral care and denture adhesive innovation.
Dr. Zheng received his B.S. degree in Polymer Material Science from Tsinghua University, Ph.D. degree in Chemical Engineering from University of Cincinnati, and MBA degree from New York University Stern School of Business. He holds 30+ patents and patent applications worldwide in polymer materials and formulation technologies.
The eight finalists of the CEW Beauty Creators Supplier’s Award, Actera, BASF, Eastman, EverCare, Geltor, Grant, MANA and SurfactGreen, will be celebrated and the winner selected by the illustrious panel of judges representing major brands will be announced. Check out their innovations here!