On September 26, 2013 the twenty ninth annual DreamBall will take place at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City. This year we will recognize two outstanding industry leaders, Pamela Baxter, President & CEO, LVMH Perfumes & Cosmetics, North America & President, Christian Dior Couture, and Jerry Vittoria, President, Fragrances, Firmenich North America.
2013 DreamBall Honorees
Pamela Baxter is a seasoned senior executive with over 30 years experience in the luxury cosmetic, skincare and fragrance industries. In January 2004, Ms. Baxter assumed the newly created position of President and Chief Executive Officer LVMH Perfumes & Cosmetics for North America.
Ms. Baxter currently has responsibility for Dior, Givenchy, Guerlain, Acqua di Parma and Fresh.
Her first initiative was to restore the image of Dior and create synergy between beauty and fashion, which resulted in a drastic reduction of distribution and development of synergies with the fashion heritage.
In October 2007, Ms. Baxter assumed the additional role of President and Chief Executive Officer - Christian Dior, Inc. This responsibility includes leadership of all retail and wholesale operations in the US, Canada, and Mexico.
Ms. Baxter previously held the position of President of the Specialty Group at Estée Lauder Companies with global responsibility for Prescriptives, Crème de la Mer, Jo Malone and Kate Spade Beauty.
Her Estée Lauder Companies experience began 23 years ago where she had the position of West Coast Regional Marketing Director for the Aramis brands. In 1990, after a decade of hands-on sales experience, she was asked to relocate to the New York headquarters and in 1992 she was promoted to Vice President Marketing.
In 1994 Ms. Baxter negotiated and signed the first ever licensing agreement in the history of the Estée Lauder Companies and in 1995 led the team that created and launched the very successful Tommy fragrance. This license agreement served as a precedent for others to come.
Also in 1995 she was given the newly acquired Crème de la Mer, for which she led the development of a full line of prestige luxury skincare products that is now sold in over 30 countries and is a top ranking brand at prestige retailers throughout the world.
Ms. Baxter holds a B.A. in Business Administration from the University of Los Angeles (UCLA). She has one son, two grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren residing in Los Angeles. She served as the Chairman of the annual Dream Ball from 2003 – 2013 and prior to that was Journal Chairman from 1996 - 2002 that benefits the Look Good Feel Better program for the American Cancer Society, is a member of the PCPC Board of Directors, and also serves on the C.E.W. Board, The FIT Advisory Board as well as the Student Advisory Board for FIT
Jerry Vittoria began his career with Firmenich in the London office in 1990. During the subsequent 10 years, Jerry held numerous pan-European responsibilities, leading to his appointment as General Manager, Perfumery, Firmenich United Kingdom . In 2001, he moved to the United States to lead the Creative Development Center located in Princeton, followed by his 2004 appointment as Vice President, General Manager, Perfumery for Body & Home Care. In 2006, Jerry added North American Fine Fragrances to his expansive portfolio. By 2010, Jerry had relocated to Manhattan, becoming fully dedicated to this key, prestigious market. Today, Jerry leads the North American Fine Fragrance Creative Center and its world-class perfumery team.
Prior to joining Firmenich, Jerry spent nearly 5 years at Colgate-Palmolive in Marketing, starting in the Global Marketing Training program in New York in 1986 and holding various marketing positions in the U.S. and Europe.
Jerry chairs the Board of The FIT Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing & Management Master’s Program , is an Executive Committee Member of the Board of The Fragrance Foundation and an Associate Board member of The Personal Care Products Council.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors, in Economics & Politics from Yale University.
Jerry lives in Manhattan, with his wife Francesca and daughters, Camilla and Carolina.