Leader of the Year Awards 2016 Judges

mick broekhof kalypso

Mick Broekhof is the Managing Partner of Kalypso Europe

and brings over 30 years of professional experience to our clients.

Mick is specialized in Innovation Strategy Development, Technology Roadmapping, Idea Management, Project & Portfolio Management, Phase-Gate Management, Launch Management, and Value Management including product portfolio optimization and complexity reduction. In these service offerings, Mick does not only bring leading practices but combines those with a focus on organization transformation for lasting results.

Mick’s clients are leaders in Consumer Packaged Goods,
Fast-Moving Consumer Goods including Food & Beverage and Personal Care & Household, Life Sciences, Pharmaceutical and Process industries in the United States, Europe, Asia-Pacific and Latin America.

He has led the design and implementation of >50 PLM initiatives worldwide. He is recognized as an effective change agent, strong communicator, innovative builder & leader of multi-disciplinary teams, and catalyst within organizations.

Mick is a frequent speaker at conferences and the author of multiple articles on innovation and value management.


Stephan Kanlian, Fashion Institute of Technology

Stephan Kanlian, Professor, Fashion Institute of Technology

Professor Stephan Kanlian developed and serves as Chairperson of FIT’s unique Master’s degree program for emerging leaders in the cosmetics and fragrance sector – recognized as the industry’s think tank in the U.S. The program is guided by an industry board of senior executives from firms including Beiersdorf, Chanel, Fairchild Publications, CEW, Coty, Elizabeth Arden, Este Lauder, Firmenich, Givaudan, Google, Hearst Publications, International Flavors & Fragrances, Limited Brands, L’Oral, LVMH, Meredith Publications, NPD Group, Procter & Gamble, Shiseido, The Fragrance Foundation, Unilever and WSL Strategic Retail.

As an industry think tank, the FIT Masters program has organized business conferences, seminars, panels, and speaker series on topics including luxury branding, marketing, retailing, leadership and business innovation, in cooperation with leading firms that include Target, LOreal, Google, Deloitte, Procter & Gamble, Este Lauder, LVMH, Disney, Mastercard, Beirsdorf, Unilever, The Wharton School and IDEO. Each year, the programs graduates present innovative solutions to industry issues before an audience of more than 700 cosmetics and fragrance executives, with a question and answer session moderated by the Wall Street Journal.
Often called upon as an industry expert by the press and an invited speaker by groups such as American Express, The New York Times, The Wharton School, Sothebys Institute of Art, and BBC Radio, Professor Kanlian previously held marketing and business development positions in the corporate, public and nonprofit sectors. He was also as a diplomatic officer candidate with the U.S. Commercial Service in Washington, D.C., where he led delegations of consumer product CEOs to overseas markets for meetings with potential business partners, including organizing a Model American Home in an shopping mall on Singapores famed Orchard Road He continues to lead trips to Europe and Asia each year for his students, meeting with industry and thought leaders, to ensure they develop a global perspective in retail, marketing and branding.
Professor Kanlian has served on the Board of Directors, the annual meeting committee and the Strategic Initiatives Committee, of the Personal Care Products Council, the industrys regulatory and advocacy arm based in Washington, D.C. For the Fragrance Foundation, he has served for many years as a judge for the annual Fragrance Awards (Fifis), and in academe, he has served as a member of the curriculum committee of the Levin Institute in New York City, and a member of the Industry Advisory Board for the business school at Durham University in Great Britain. In May 2008, he was a recipient of the Chancellors Award for Excellence in Teaching from the State University of New York.
As a Presidential Management Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania, he earned a Masters in Public Administration and as a Rotary International Fellow, he earned a Master of Arts degree in the European Common Market, from Durham University in Great Britain. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of California, where he was a Regents Scholar.


Mary Manning, Silk Route Strategist

Mary Manning, Managing Partner Silk Route Strategists

Mary has more than twenty years of Marketing experience in the U.S. and overseas in the fragrance and cosmetics industry. Mary is President of Manning Associates, her own market and market research consulting firm as well as Managing Partner of SilkRoute Strategists LLC, a New York based brand and marketing advisory group focused on development opportunities globally.

From 1979, until she started Manning Associates in 2,000, she was responsible for strategic marketing and new brand development for Coty worldwide, where she headed conceptualization, product development and the introduction of many market-leading fragrances. Prior to Coty, Ms. Manning held positions in International Marketing at Revlon, Fabergé and Yardley as well as in Market Research at Beecham U.K.

As President of Manning Associates, Mary has continued to dedicate herself to new products helping clients from both the Domestic and International Beauty and Fashion industries develop their marketing strategies for long term growth. Her newest business endeavor, SilkRoute Strategists, focuses this same expertise, helping luxury and lifestyle brands enter new markets.

Mary has served as an officer on many industry boards, including Advertising Women of New York Foundation Board, Cosmetic Executive Women Trade Board, Fashion Institute of Technology’s Masters Program in Cosmetic and Fragrance Marketing, as well as the Board of   Share the Caregiving. She has been instrumental in eight Fifi wins for Coty, been named YWCA woman of the year while at Pfizer as well as receiving the New York City Hometown Hero Award for charitable efforts. She is an industry event speaker and an adjunct professor at F.I.T. in Marketing/Market Research.



Toddi Gutner, Innovation Transformation Professional, Kalypso

Innovation leader concentrated on developing strategic customer-focused capabilities to build an innovation pipeline and achieve business goals.


  • 25+ years of communication, marketing, branding senior management roles at media companies prior to joining Kalypso
  • Focused on developing user-centric strategies to build innovation efforts and transform cultures
  • Extensive experience in using design thinking and developing innovation strategies to solve business challenges
  • Collaborated on The M Word: The Money Talk Every Family Needs to Have About Wealth and Their Financial Future (Hardcover book, McGraw-Hill, 2013)


  • Stanford University Hasso Plattner Institute of Design IDEO/Design Thinking Professional
  • Adjunct Professor of Innovation at Cornell Tech and Cornell Executive Business Education
  • Master of Science degree from Northwestern University’s Medill Graduate School of Journalism
  • Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Michigan

Les Smith

President, Leslie C. Smith Consulting

Consulting and recruiting , to the fragrance , cosmetic, and detergent industries .

Born in St. Andrews , Scotland he received an honors degree in chemistry from the University of Stirling in Scotland. He then went on to complete a PhD in organic chemistry in Cambridge Massachusetts under the guidance of the British Nobel Prize winner Sir Derek Barton. After a post doctoral position at the University of Geneva in Switzerland he joined Procter and Gamble the consumer product giant in Brussels Belgium. Following several years with P&G he joined the fragrance industry in a number of technical management positions in Switzerland and the US. He joined Coty in 2002 at their global R&D headquarters in Morris Plains in NJ. As VP R&D his broad range of responsibilities ranged through, basic research, fragrance technology and development, consumer affairs, sensory, Coty Testing Institute, analytical, safety and toxicology. In July 2011 he moved to Geneva Switzerland as Senior Vice President R&D maintaining his responsibilities in the U.S. while establishing Coty’s newly created Global Center of Excellence for Fragrances in Geneva and worked there until very recently. He has a number of publications in chemistry and perfumery and a list of patents ranging from insect control to deodorancy to delivery systems. He now lives in the village of Crassier just outside of Geneva.

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