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AUG 2018

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30 | BEAUTY LAUNCHPAD | AUGUST 2018 COURTESY OF KENRA PROFESSIONAL AND OPI MEET THE INDUSTRY'S MOVERS AND SHAKERS L I V E & LE A R N Profi les Getting to Know You What are you most excited about in your new role? Kenra Professional has been extremely successful in the past and I'm thrilled to help continue our story. There are opportunities to grow the brand domestically in North America as well as on a global level. I'm looking forward to continuing to develop my talented team and supporting them in achieving their professional and personal goals. What are your tips for managing a large team? 1) Only as a team can we be successful. 2) Forge a close working relationship with your team members, listen to them, build trust, and empower them. 3) Be a strong visionary leader—always challenge the status quo and challenge the team to remain hungry for success. Break down silos and enable agile communication and decision-making. How do you unwind after work? I hit the gym or go for a run on the beach. Describe your perfect Sunday. Sports in the morning, brunch, a stroll through SoCal's Venice Beach or Santa Monica, hiking in the Los Angeles mountains, and dinner with my wife at our favorite sushi restaurant. What are you most excited about in your new role? Although global strategy has always been a part of my role at OPI, I'm excited for this new opportunity, which expands my global accessibility and allows me to be more hands-on with PR and infl uencer initiatives in markets within the global landscape. How do you determine which infl uencers represent OPI? When choosing an infl uencer to represent the brand, the two most important questions we consider are 1) Do they have an authentic interest in the nail space? 2) Are they obsessed with color? What's your favorite Instagram account to follow? I currently love @overheardla. It's nice to look at for a good laugh when it comes to my crazy Los Angeles bubble. If you could only wear one lacquer, what would it be? There are so many amazing OPI shades to choose from, it's tough to choose just one! My all-time favorite color is Let's Be Friends! from the limited-edition Hello Kitty Collection. Another hue I love is Princesses Rule!; it's a super soft, almost sheer pink with a subtle glittery-shimmer effect. It's a great go-to for all occasions. What do you do in your free time? When I'm not working, I'm either in a yoga class, sharing a meal with friends, binge-watching a show on Netfl ix, or bullet journaling (my new obsession). CHRISTOPH KAUL, General Manager, Kenra Professional REBECCA BROWN, Director, Infl uencer Marketing, OPI North America and OPI Global Professional Beauty —Emilie Branch

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