The Body Shop appoints new research & development director

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The Body Shop appoints sustainability expert Roberta Roesler as global director of research & development
// The Body Shop appoints sustainability expert Roberta Roesler as global director of research & development
// She will join in November from Natura, The Body Shop’s parent company
// She replaces Neil Watson

The Body Shop has appointed innovation and sustainability expert Roberta Roesler as its new global director of research and development.

Roesler joins the beauty retailer in November from parent company Natura, where she’s worked since 2002.

She will replace Neil Watson, who will remain with the company until the end of the year and will then continue as a consultant on key sustainability projects.


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At Natura, she worked on a variety of research and sustainability projects, including creating and implementing new R&D centres, setting up the first lab and pilot plant in the Amazon.

Her new role at The Body Shop will focus on innovation and sustainability, using science, nature and creativity to design innovations that improve people’s lives and protect the environment.

The Body Shop said Roesler’s move “illustrates a deeper connection” between Brazilian parent company and the British ethical beauty retailer, “enabling more expertise and knowledge-sharing”.

The Body Shop became part of the Natura group, now Natura & Co, in 2017.

Roesler’s role will be based between The Body Shop’s London Bridge headquarters and its global office in Littlehampton.

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