Cornelia Zicu

Cornelia Zicu

Global Chief Creative Officer for Red Door Spa

Cornelia Zicu, Red Door Spas Global Chief Creative Officer, is one of the world’s leading authorities in luxury skin care and day spa treatments. In 2008, Cornelia joined Red Door Spas’ senior management team. As a legendary esthetician and international beauty icon, Cornelia is responsible for identifying and implementing innovative beauty treatments and luxurious spa services for the iconic beauty brand. Cornelia brings a creative vibrancy and unique level of expertise to the brand that makes Red Door Spas a leader and trendsetter within the day spa industry.

Cornelia leads the creative development, implementation and training of all Red Door Spas’ estheticians to ensure that only the highest quality of services are met at the 31 Red Door Spas nationwide. Cornelia and her trained staff of estheticians follow a three ‘Wow’ policy. The philosophy is that every guest should say at least three ‘Wows’ during their spa treatment, and if this does not occur, the esthetician should consider what additional attention and care can be made to enhance the experience.

Cornelia is, by all definitions of the word, an adoring perfectionist who effortlessly merges time-honored beauty traditions with cutting-edge techniques. Her Romanian roots have given her a wealth of knowledge about natural remedies and secret family beauty recipes. However, her rich heritage represents only one part to her story. Cornelia is also an industry pioneer and visionary when it comes to beauty innovation, always keeping her finger on the pulse of the latest spa technologies, equipment and emerging trends for Red Door Spas.

Prior to joining Red Door Spas, Ms. Zicu’s ventures included the Cornelia Day Spa on Fifth Avenue, a haven for Hollywood stars and sophisticated socialites, as well as several high-end beauty lines. Before that, Ms. Zicu was at the Peninsula Hotel Spa in Manhattan, where she quickly became the favorite skin-care expert of the spa’s elite clients.

Red Door Spas

With its renowned beauty expertise based on the fundamental elements of day spa pioneer Elizabeth Arden, Red Door Spas operates 31 day and resort spas nationwide. Committed to enhancing the lives of its guests through beauty, harmony and well-being, and to providing pioneering techniques, quality treatments and advanced services, Red Door Spas will continue to expand, innovate and remain the leader in the day spa industry for years to come.

Red Door Spa Holdings

Red Door Spa Holdings is a privately-held company backed by North Castle Partners, a private-equity firm specializing in investments in the healthy living and aging sector. Red Door Spa Holdings owns and operates spas and licenses trademarks from the publicly-traded global prestige beauty products company, Elizabeth Arden Inc., and is a separate corporate entity.

Red Door Spa Holdings currently owns and operates 50 full-service salons and day spas across the United States. This includes 31 Red Door Spas in freestanding locations and upscale resort and hotel properties, 18 Chicago-based Mario Tricoci Hair Salons and Day Spas, and one prototype location of the newest division, Simply Face & Body, in Ramsey, NJ.


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