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Robert Klara

Benjamin Karsch Leads Revlon's New Mission 'to Inspire Love'

But how is he going to sell lipstick?

Benjamin Karsch is no stranger to larger-than-life CMO jobs. Procter & Gamble, Kraft, Johnson & Johnson, Cigna—Karsch has run the marketing for all of them. But Karsch (whom everyone calls…

How Jean Patou Squeezed 10,600 Jasmine Flowers Into a 1.6-Ounce Bottle

The story of Joy, the costliest perfume you can buy

Henri Alméras, the legendary perfumer of Grasse, stared contemptuously at designer Jean Patou and his confidant Elsa Maxwell, the plumpish society columnist from America. It was 1930, and the pair…

How Goodwill's New Boutiques Are Dressing Up Secondhand Shopping

Old-fashioned threads, cutting-edge spaces

When Macklemore donned a mangy fur coat and strutted over the used sofas in his 2013 "Thrift Shop" video, fans got a good look at the Goodwill Outlet at 1765…

How Starving Artists, Students and Strivers Made Cup Noodles Great

The 3-minute meal that’s been eaten 30 billion times

See if you can identify the product associated with the following directions: "Pull back lid. Fill with boiling water. Let stand for three minutes. Stir well and enjoy." Well, you either…

Why Cuba’s Best Cigar Is Still Hot (Despite a 52-Year Embargo)

The full-flavored story of H. Upmann, JFK’s favorite smoke

It was Friday, Feb. 2, 1962, and President John F. Kennedy summoned his press secretary Pierre Salinger into his office for an urgent meeting. "I really need some help," said Kennedy. "What…

Can Karin Timpone Make Marriott More Millennial?

The Walt Disney marketing veteran packages hotels for a new generation of travelers

As places where people from all walks of life converge, hotels have always been sources of great stories. Everybody knows that—but no marketer knows it better than Karin Timpone. As…

Just How Realistic Is Ryanair's $15 Fare to Europe?

Update: Apparently 0% realistic, per the airline's board

Few prospects are as alluring as the idea of being able to step on a plane and zip off to Europe for 15 bucks—but such a wonder may soon be…

11 Brand Names That Simply Couldn't Survive the Times

Ayds diet candy and Isis Chocolates were doomed

Despite the sweetness of the confectionery business, a Belgian chocolate brand found itself in a bitter struggle last year. The company had been making its famous pralines since 1923, but…

How Sony's Walkman Changed the World

Before CDs and MP3s, this little machine made music portable

Andreas Pavel was getting tired of being laughed at. It was 1977, and the German-born inventor had made appointments at all of the major electronics companies—Yamaha, Grundig, ITT, etc.—and each…

How the Grammy Awards Is Staying in Tune With the Times

CMO Evan Greene knows they are a changin’

If you were among the 25 million people who watched the Grammy Awards last month, you also watched Evan Greene's act. As CMO of the Recording Academy, Greene's responsibilities include…

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