Avon Products Inc.

Life in the Lab

GLEN T. ANDERSON

Executive Director and Global Colour Category Product Development Lead

Glen gained his PhD in Organic Chemistry at Penn State University and in his 22 plus years with the company, he’s worked on many of our most innovative and successful products and delivered seven patents. Glen’s dad worked for Avon for over 30 years, so he’s grown with the company.

So what does he get up to on a day-to-day basis?

WHAT DOES A TYPICAL DAY LOOK LIKE FOR YOU AT THE INNOVATION CENTRE IN SUFFERN?
Avon is a global company so I’m on the phone every day with the R&D development team in Europe, Latin America, and Asia as we work to develop our newest concepts and innovations. We have a lot of meetings to pool our knowledge and find the best solutions.

WHAT ABOUT LUNCH?
We often continue through lunch but thankfully, we have a great café so it’s a good place to sit down and talk. By late afternoon I go back to my office to digest information and devote time to the things I need to focus on.

WHAT DO YOU FIND CHALLENGING ABOUT YOUR ROLE?
The fact that we sell products in so many different and diverse countries makes it quite hard to develop a single product that meets the needs of everyone. But at the same time, it’s fascinating to work with so many different markets, as you learn so much.

WHAT WOULD BE YOUR PERFECT DAY OFF?
My ideal day off would be to take a long bike ride, grab a quick nap, and then have friends over for a barbeque. Then I would get to exercise, relax and enjoy the company of family and friends all in one day.

WHAT INSPIRES YOU OUTSIDE OF BEAUTY TRENDS?
I often take inspiration from the art world. Many of the trends and techniques that originate there migrate to beauty, and the technical approach that is used in the art world can offer insight into how we can approach it in the cosmetic world.

WHAT GOALS DO YOU HAVE LEFT TO ACHIEVE AT AVON?
Two of the big opportunities that I would love to be able to deliver against are a lip product that delivers extreme wear without being uncomfortable, and separately, a foundation that provides full coverage with a lightweight breathable formulation that provides a natural look.