I have to say that I love my job. I am mentally and professionally challenged on a daily basis, work with a creative and talented team, and I have the pleasure of meeting with some very fascinating people, including industry legends.
I recently had the rare opportunity to meet face-to-face with Jutta Kleine-Tebbe, chairwoman of the administrative board of BABOR Cosmetics—a remarkable woman with a fascinating story to tell. I was eager to hear her angle on this industry’s growth, and where she feels it is heading.
Kleine-Tebbe, a licensed esthetician herself, learned much of the business from her father, Leo Vossen, MD, who pioneered the concept for natural, biomedical skin care through his association with Michael Babor, PhD. Vossen then bought the company in 1962. Vossen took his daughter under his wing at the tender age of 18, and for 44 years she has devoted her career to the company, which recently was recognized with A Life of Beauty award, presented to her at Beauty International in Düsseldorf. This award salutes individuals who have devoted their lives to skin care and cosmetics, and are recognized as industry trailblazers.