Schenectady’s Beekman 1802 names beauty industry veteran as new CEO

Jill Scalamandre, the new CEO of Beekman 1802, is shown in this undated photo provided by the company.

Jill Scalamandre, the new CEO of Beekman 1802, is shown in this undated photo provided by the company.

SCHENECTADY — Veteran beauty industry executive Jill Scalamandre has taken over as CEO of Beekman 1802.

The Schenectady-based company, which focuses on skincare and beauty products, announced her appointment Tuesday.

She replaces the CEO of three years, Tomei Thomas, who will now become the company’s chief operating officer.

The company said Scalamandre’s experience at companies including Shiseido, Coty, Prada, Fekkai, Avon and Revlon will be important as Beekman attempts to grow vertically and horizontally, increasing its revenue and geographical reach.

In December, European investment group Eurazeo Brands announced it had acquired a majority stake in Beekman for $92 million. Beekman said at the time that the acquisition would provide two key tools to accomplish that goal: Money to make the expansion and expertise to do it successfully.

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Dr. Brent Ridge and Josh Kilmer-Purcell, who founded the company on their town of Sharon goat farm in the late 2000s, will remain focused on the creative areas of the business. 

Beekman is a lifestyle retailer with multiple product categories but for the last five years its fastest-growing sales category has been skin care. Scalamandre’s experience and expertise in the beauty industry is viewed as critical.

In a news release Tuesday, she said: “The Beekman 1802 team has built an incredibly solid brand foundation rooted in authenticity, kindness, and products that revolutionize clean skincare with goat milk science. This has come together to deliver an inspiring brand — one incredibly well-positioned for the interests and demands of today’s global consumer. By leveraging my experience, I am honored to help Beekman 1802 capitalize on its exciting next chapter of growth.” 

Beekman 1802 retains its retail shop on Main Street in Sharon Springs but has grown its audience to nationwide and beyond. It relocated its headquarters to Mohawk Harbor in Schenectady in 2018.

Reach John Cropley at [email protected], 518-395-3104 or @cropjohn on Twitter.

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