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Avon Names Donna L. Westerman As Director Supplier Diversity

Submitted by: Avon Products, Inc.

Categories: Human Resources & Diversity

Posted: Nov 12, 2002 – 11:00 PM EST


Nov. 12 /CSRwire/ - NEW YORK, New York – Avon Products, Inc. (NYSE: AVP) today named Donna L. Westerman as director of supplier diversity effective December 2, 2002. Ms. Westerman will report to Robert Cowling, vice president of U.S./Global Sourcing.

In this newly created position, Ms. Westerman will have the responsibility for developing and managing Avon’s North American diversity program to further develop the company’s commitment to equal opportunity in the procurement activities for diversified suppliers.

Ms. Westerman, age 43, joins Avon from Bristol-Myers Squibb, where she was associate director of supplier diversity procurement for Bristol-Myers Squibb North America. While in this position, Ms. Westerman co-founded and co-chaired the Supplier Diversity Pharmaceutical Forum, which is considered the reference point for bench marking pharmaceutical related diversity issues. Ms. Westerman joined Bristol-Myers Squibb in 1983 and held a series of increasingly more responsible positions in materials management, consumer products and global strategic sourcing.

“We are delighted that Donna is joining Avon at this exciting time, as we take Avon’s commitment to supplier diversity to the next level,” said Mr. Cowling. “Donna’s strong leadership skills and commitment to excellence combined with her exceptional strategic sourcing experience will be extremely valuable to Avon as we continue our focus on the company’s supply chain initiatives.” Ms. Westerman is a member of the Institute for Supply Management, the Association of High Tech Procurement Professionals, the National Minority Supplier Development Council, and the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council. Ms. Westerman holds an MBA in industrial relations and a BS in business administration/marketing from Seton Hall University.

Avon is the world’s leading direct seller of beauty and related products, with approximately $6.0 billion in annual revenues. Avon markets to women in 143 countries through 3.5 million independent sales Representatives. Avon product lines include such recognizable brands as Avon Color, Anew, Skin-So-Soft, Advance Techniques Hair Care, beComing and Avon Wellness. Avon also markets an extensive line of fashion jewelry and apparel. More information about Avon and its products can be found on the company’s web site http://www.avon.com .

For more information, please contact:

Laura Castellano / Media Avon Products, Inc.
Phone: (212 )282-5345
Phone: (212) 282-5320


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