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McDonald, 63, joined the Columbus, Ohio, division of L Brands Inc. as executive vice president of merchandise and brand development in 2004 before rising to her current position in 2007. Her fragrance career spanned from Charles of the Ritz in 1979 to LVMH in 1998, with stops at Revlon International, Ralph Lauren and Chanel along the way. She also founded American Designer Fragrances at LVMH.
During McDonald's tenure, Bath & Body Works won the 2014 Fragrance Foundation’s Consumer Choice award for “A Thousand Wishes.” McDonald had previously won five FiFi awards, the Fragrance Foundation’s Circle of Champions in 2011, the Golden Apple Award of the March of Dimes in 2002, and the American Society of Perfumers Legacy Award.
Of her work at Bath & Body Works, Felix Mayr-Harting, Global Head of Fine Fragrance at Givaudan, said, “She has been at the center of defining how American consumers want to wear great fragrances … She has pursued this kind of vision to elevate the quality of fragrances and at the same time, she has never lost touch with the person who is actually buying it.”