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May 06, 2011 08:00 ET

Gary Gallant, VP of Global Applications Center of Expertise, Receives 2011 Ones to Watch Award From IDG's CIO Magazine and CIO Executive Council

Coty Inc. Leader Nominated by Information Builders to Recognize Innovative IT Accomplishments

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - May 6, 2011) - Coty Inc., a leading global beauty company, is pleased to announce that Gary Gallant, vice president of the Global Applications Center of Expertise, was presented earlier this week with the 2011 CIO Ones to Watch award from IDG's CIO magazine and CIO Executive Council. This prestigious award was given to 25 rising stars in information technology (IT) industry that bring leadership, innovation and value to their organization and are primed to become future CIOs. Gary was nominated for this award by Information Builders.

"Gary demonstrates the talent, ingenuity and innovation that drives Coty and is a fantastic representation of our entire organization," said Jerry Flasz, CIO, Coty Inc. "We are thrilled that this award recognizes Gary's accomplishments as his efforts have proven successful to Coty as well as our customers and partners."

Gary is responsible for Coty's Global Application Centers of Expertise that support the strategic business systems such as SAP, Oracle, integration platforms, business intelligence and global legacy systems disperse around the world. In addition, Gary drives worldwide integration strategy and identifies the tools and tactics that will reduce development and maintenance costs.

"The Ones to Watch honorees bring an impressive range of leadership skills to their companies," says CIO Editor in Chief Maryfran Johnson. "We see in this next wave of future CIOs a broader business perspective that's so vital to innovation and growth."

Mr. Gallant received his award during the CIO Ones to Watch awards ceremony held on May 2, 2011 at the Sawgrass Marriott and Spa in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. at the CIO magazine's Leadership Event. All of the Ones to Watch honorees were nominated or endorsed by a practicing CIO. Nominations were submitted between May and November 2010 and reviewed by a judging panel of leading CIOs.

"The future of the IT profession is a top passion for the members of the CIO Executive Council. That's why they volunteer year after year for the tough job of judging which nominees have the best skills and experience to become our next generation of CIOs," says Pam Stenson, CIO executive council senior VP and General manager.

About CIO Magazine and the CIO Executive Council
Launched in 1987, CIO magazine addresses issues vital to the success of chief information officers (CIOs) worldwide. The CIO portfolio includes an award-winning Web site (www.CIO.com), CIO magazine, CIO Executive Programs and the CIO Executive Council. CIO properties provide technology and business leaders with analysis and insight on information technology trends and a keen understanding of IT's role in achieving business goals.

The U.S. edition of the magazine and website are recipients of 200 awards to date, including two Grand Neals from the Jesse H. Neal National Business Journalism Awards and two Magazine of the Year awards from the National Society of Business Publication Editors. CIO magazine is published in more than twenty-five countries, including Australia, Canada, Germany, South Korea and Sweden.

CIO Executive Programs -- a series of face-to-face conferences including CIO The Year Ahead Summit and the CIO 100 Symposium & Awards -- provide educational and networking opportunities for pre-qualified corporate and government leaders. The CIO Executive Council is a global professional association of CIOs and senior IT leaders from more than 700 organizations that serve as an unbiased peer advisory network. This member-driven organization is also dedicated to leadership development for current and future IT business leaders and to the advancement of the CIO role and IT profession.

CIO magazine, CIO.com, CIO Executive Programs and the CIO Executive Council are produced by International Data Group's award-winning business unit: CXO Media Inc.

About Coty Inc.
Coty was created in Paris in 1904 by Francois Coty who is credited with founding the modern fragrance industry.

Today, Coty Inc. is a recognized leader in global beauty with annual net sales of nearly $4 billion. Driven by an entrepreneurial spirit, passion, innovation and creativity, Coty Inc. has developed an unrivaled portfolio of notable brands and delivers its innovative products to consumers in 90 markets worldwide.

The Coty Prestige brand portfolio is distributed in prestige and ultra-prestige stores and includes Balenciaga, Bottega Veneta, Calvin Klein, Cerruti, Chloé, Chopard, Davidoff, Jennifer Lopez, Jil Sander, JOOP!, Karl Lagerfeld, Kenneth Cole, L.A.M.B. fragrance by Gwen Stefani, La Voce by Reneée Fleming , Lancaster, Marc Jacobs, Nikos, philosophy, Sarah Jessica Parker, Vera Wang, Vivienne Westwood and Wolfgang Joop.

The Coty Beauty brand portfolio is more widely distributed and includes adidas, ASTOR, Baby Phat, Beyoncé Knowles, Celine Dion, Chupa Chups, David and Victoria Beckham, Esprit, Exclamation, Faith Hill, GUESS?, Halle Berry, Jovan, Kate Moss, Kylie Minogue, La Cross, Lady Gaga, Manhattan, Manhattan Clearface, Miss Sporty, Nautica, N.Y.C. New York Color, Nicole by OPI, OPI, Pierre Cardin¹, Playboy, Rimmel, Sally Hansen, Stetson, Tim McGraw, TJoy and Tonino Lamborghini.

Coty and Puig Fashion and Beauty S.L. have a strategic partnership for the distribution of the perfume lines of Antonio Banderas, Carolina Herrera, Nina Ricci, Prada, Paco Rabanne and Shakira in the United States and Canada.

For additional information about Coty Inc., please visit www.coty.com.
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