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Janet Gurwitch

Janet Gurwitch / Operating Partner


Janet Gurwitch joined Castanea Partners as an operating partner in 2011 with over 15 years of experience in the branded personal care and consumer products sectors.

Formerly, Janet was the founder and former CEO of Laura Mercier Cosmetics and Skincare, a global brand of high-end niche cosmetics now celebrating its 20th anniversary. At Laura Mercier, she managed and oversaw day-to-day business operations, as well as strategy development and retail negotiations.

Prior to founding Gurwitch Products, Janet was Executive Vice President of Merchandising at Neiman Marcus, where she set the strategy for and oversaw the ready-to-wear, fashion accessories, shoes and cosmetics departments.

Janet began her career at Foley’s Department Store where she was the Senior Vice President of Merchandising.

Janet is director on the boards of Castanea portfolio companies drybar and First Aid Beauty. She is also on the Board of Advisors for Dollar Shave Club and serves on the Board of Governors for Cosmetics Executive Women (CEW). Additionally, Janet is an investor of the Houston Astros Baseball team where she also serves as director on the board. At RICE University, Janet is a member of the Jones School Council of Overseers and an Adjunct Professor in Management. She also lectures at the business schools of University of Texas, Rice University, University of Houston, and University of Alabama.

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