CEW names Unilever's Gina Boswell 2011 Achiever of the Year in beauty

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J. — Unilever’s Gina Boswell, who was recently appointed EVP personal care for North America, has been selected as a 2011 Achiever of the Year, one of the highest awards bestowed in the beauty industry, by nonprofit Cosmetic Executive Women.

This year’s honorees will be feted Oct. 14 at the Waldorf Astoria in New York.

Formerly as president of global brands for Alberto-Culver, Boswell oversaw all global brands for the company, including Tresemmé, Nexxus, St. Ives and Noxzema, as well as marketing, research and development, package design and consumer insights. Unilever acquired Alberto-Culver in May 2011. 

In her new role, Boswell is responsible for all brand and marketing activities for the $4.5 billion personal care portfolio, which is made up of hair care, deodorant, skin cleansing and skin care categories.


“I am thrilled to have been selected as one of this year’s honorees among some of the cosmetics industry’s most talented women,” Boswell said. "I'm personally inspired by each of these individuals and so proud of the impact we all make on the industry and the example we set as women leaders."

The CEW Achiever Awards were established in 1975 to honor leading women executives who have contributed significantly to the growth of the beauty industry and the advancement of women. The CEW board of governors votes on honorees annually, and awards are presented at the Achiever Awards event.

Previously, Boswell was recognized as one of the top 15 women in business by the Forte Foundation and Pink Magazine. She also serves on the board of directors for Manpower and the YMCA of the USA, and she was named a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute in 2005.