Helene F. Rutledge
Chief Innovation Officer, New Avon LLC
“Avon was one of my first career experiences and a valuable training ground for me as a young professional. I value the chance to continue New Avon’s legacy and help develop the next generation of empowered leaders. I couldn’t be more thrilled to be back at this pivotal time, and I look forward to shaping the vision for Research & Development to ensure we continue to deliver leading edge, award-winning innovations to our Avon Representatives and their customers.”
Helene Rutledge is the Chief Innovation Officer for New Avon LLC, responsible for designing the company’s innovation strategy, including R&D and product development processes, involving both internal and external capabilities. Helene has nearly three decades of operational and innovation experience with world-class consumer and pharmaceutical companies and start-ups.
Prior to joining New Avon, Helene was Vice President of Research & Development for Nature’s Bounty, Inc. (NBTY) – the Private Equity-backed nutritional supplement company – where she led Product and Partner Development across NBTY's diverse brands and geographies, including solid dose, liquid, powder, food and cosmetic form products. Helene is an expert on innovation: previously Head of Global Open Innovation for GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare and Senior Vice President of Technology at AeroDesigns, during which she collaborated with David Edwards, inventor of inhaled insulin, at his incubator Le Laboratoire in Paris. She has also held operations and product development roles with Pfizer, GoSMILE, and Warner-Lambert where she led development of innovation award-winning Listerine(R) PocketPaks. Additionally, Helene is the founder of the full-service NYC-based consultancy firm Caliper Innovation, which designs, develops and delivers products and innovation solutions. Earlier in her career, Helene worked at Avon Products, Inc., leading process development for Fragrance, Children's and Bath products.
Helene holds an Executive MBA from NYU Stern School of Business and a Bachelor of Engineering in Chemical Engineering from NYC’s Manhattan College.