Sunday, January 26, 2003

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Ex-CEO Kent takes a breather

By Cliff Peale
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Ginger Kent spent the holidays at home with her family. After three years of commuting to San Francisco from Cincinnati every Monday morning, it's a welcome change.

Ms. Kent left the CEO job at, the online cosmetics retailer founded in part by Procter & Gamble Co., at the end of June. She continues to stay at home, looking after her teenage daughter and plotting her next assignment as a CEO. She said that might come late this year, but she's obviously in no rush.

Meanwhile, she's helping with a capital campaign for the Cincinnati Tennis Club, along with serving on the board of Timberland Co.

"I can't see myself not working," she said. "I'm this Type A intense person who works 80 hours a week."

Ms. Kent is bullish on the concept of The partnership of Procter & Gamble Co. and a Silicon Valley venture-capital fund, was founded in 1999 and pioneered selling custom-made cosmetics on the Internet.

Richard Gerstein, formerly vice president of marketing and design at, took over as president.

" is just a really good idea," said Ms. Kent, 48, who formerly was president of Hasbro's U.S. toy group. "If it wasn't for the strain it was putting on my family, I'd still be there."

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