Janet Gurwitch

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Janet Gurwitch (born 1954) is the co-founder (with Gary Kusin) of Gurwitch Products, manufacturer of Laura Mercier Cosmetics. She founded the company in 1995 and launched the Laura Mercier line in March 1996.


A native of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, United States, Gurwitch began her career at Foley's department store in Houston, Texas, finishing as Senior Vice President of Merchandising. She then moved to Neiman Marcus as the Executive Vice President. She co-founded Gurwitch Products in 1996 in order to market a boutique line of cosmetics carrying the name of French make-up artist Laura Mercier. She sold Laura Mercier to Alticor in 2006, the owner of Amway. Today, Gurwitch is a partner at Castanea Partners, a Boston-based private equity firm. She is on the boards of Drybar; Urban Decay; Dollar Shave Club; and La-Z-Boy. Gurwitch is an investor in the Houston Astros baseball team.

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