18 March 2011

A profile of Kathy Koonts, Illamasqua's Director of Merchandising and Supply Chain

As we continue to create profiles of the Head Office team to provide you with an insight into the people behind Illamasqua and our passions and opinions, we have a profile from Kathy Koonts, Illamasqua's Director of Merchandising and Supply Chain

What does beauty mean to you?

It’s an outer reflection of something from inside – be it a signature lipstick, nail colour or full on glam. Beauty is from the soul.

Why did you want to pursue a career in beauty and operations?
First is a love of product. What we do isn’t about spreadsheets, packaging, suppliers and boxes it is about product. Illamasqua has hands down the most incredible cosmetics on the market today and I am so proud to be a part of it! As for the specifics of why I love my job…Operations is a giant puzzle – what will customers want to buy of each item? When do they need it? How shall we get it there? What is new that customers haven’t seen yet and are looking to us to find and develop?

How did you get your job at Illamasqua?
I was simply talking to a great friend of mine from the industry and she knew people here…it all fell into place from there. Thanks Sandy!

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Summer evening in the garden with my husband, good friends or family. Or sea kayaking somewhere with turquoise water and white sand!

If we were to take you to Starbucks right now what would you order?
Venti skinny latte.

Which living person do you most admire?
My Mom – for overcoming breast cancer, for taking life head on, pursuing new things and constantly learning.

What is the trait you most deplore in others?
Self doubt

What are your political views?
We’re all got a responsibility to the world around us – I look for political leaders who believe change can happen, expect people to take part in their government and who understand there are many viewpoints to consider.

What is your greatest extravagance?

Which talent would you most like to have?
Wish I was musical, music is a passion but I can’t carry a tune in a bucket.

What is your most treasured possession?
An inlaid metal box that my grandfather brought back with him from the war. He kept it by his phone and seeing it every day reminds me of him.

What is your motto?
Celebrate and do no harm to yourself or others.

Which cultural movement or figure do you most identity with?
Suffragettes…these women made it all possible for women today. They believed they could change their reality and they did. 

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