Global Conference 2018

Speaker's Biography

Janet Gurwitch

Operating Partner, Castanea Partners LLC; Founder and Former CEO, Laura Mercier Cosmetics and Skincare


Janet Gurwitch is an operating partner with Castanea, a Boston-based private equity firm that focuses on dynamic consumer brands. Gurwitch has specialized in the beauty space. Gurwitch is an investor and on the boards of Drybar, First Aid Beauty Skincare and Tatcha. She formerly served on the boards of Urban Decay Cosmetics and DollarShaveClub.com Gurwitch is the founder and former CEO of Laura Mercier Cosmetics and Skincare, a global brand of high-end niche cosmetics. Gurwitch managed and oversaw Laura Mercier’s day-to-day business operations, as well as strategy development and retail negotiations. Gurwitch joined forces with famed makeup-artist Laura Mercier in 1996, after realizing the imminent paradigm shift in the beauty industry, propelling niche lines to the forefront of the cosmetics business. Prior to founding Laura Mercier, Janet Gurwitch was the Executive Vice President of Neiman Marcus, where she set the merchandising strategy from 1992 - 1995. Gurwitch is also an investor and on the Board of the Houston Astros Baseball Team.

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