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14 Oct

Industry Insiders and Executives Congratulate Linda Levy – WWD

Industry Insiders and Executives Congratulate Linda Levy – WWD

The Fragrance Foundation has looked inward for its annual Circle of Champions honoree.

The annual event will present the award to Linda G. Levy, the muse’s president.

“The past six years on this role as president have allowed me to bring my depth of experience and deep love of this industry to raise our fragrance community,” Levy said of the glory. “It’s a celebration of strategic vision, intentional motion, passion and commitment.”

Here, fragrance leaders on Levy’s impact on the fragrance business.

“Linda is committed to creating the world of fragrance more accessible to everyone. Her passion for change, and dedication to inspiring and educating the subsequent generation of fragrance professionals, offers our industry so many exciting opportunities for the longer term.” — Sumit Bhasin, senior vp, global corporate fragrance innovation, The Estée Lauder Cos. 

“Linda has brought a lot visibility and credibility to the fragrance industry. She is incredibly passionate and knowledgeable concerning the category, while also striving to bring awareness to diversity, equity and inclusion into all the things the Fragrance Foundation does.” — Julie Walsh, senior vp, general business manager, center core and wonder, Macy’s Inc.

“Linda has also gone out of her approach to support indie brands, a lot of them owned by people of color, and across different communities, putting a highlight on these brands and giving them the resources and expertise they should flourish.” — Jerry Vittoria, president, high quality fragrance worldwide, Dsm-Firmenich

“Linda is a real champion of the fragrance industry. During her tenure as president of the Fragrance Foundation, she has consistently elevated industry standards and left a profound impact.” — Lori Singer, president, Parlux

“Linda is a force of nature with a real and real passion for fragrance who has driven awareness on the artistry and craftsmanship behind this industry. She has been a champion in breaking down silos and barriers by difficult all of us to embrace diversity, equity and inclusion behind all the things we do, and doesn’t draw back from difficult the establishment.” — Matthieu Befve, head of high quality fragrance, North America, Givaudan

“As a perfumer, I’m personally very thankful to Linda as she has been instrumental in giving due credit and total visibility to perfumers because the creative force behind the product. I’m delighted to call Linda a friend and a partner, and to congratulate her for this honor.” — Rodrigo Flores-Roux, vp, perfumer, Givaudan

“In a comparatively short time period, her achievements have been many and have resulted in a greater awareness and relevance of the muse and our industry as well. She is a champion and he or she is a mensch.” — Ann Gottlieb, founder, Ann Gottlieb Associates

“Linda’s impact on the fragrance industry has been extremely imperative, especially for indie brands akin to mine. She created an area where all of us could be seen and heard. It’s so fitting that the one who spends most of her energy championing others is now being recognized as a champion herself.” — Chris Collins, founder and chief executive officer, World of Chris Collins

“Linda Levy is a unprecedented leader and he or she leads with integrity. She is passionate, intelligent, and highly committed to redefining the Fragrance Foundation’s raison d’etre. Linda has elevated the organization and raised the organization’s stature; under Linda’s leadership, members are proud to be members.” — Laura Slatkin, founder and executive chairman, Nest Latest York.

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