Our Team

Allison Heffernan,
Senior Vice President of Sales

Allison joined skyn ICELAND seven years ago and has held multiple leadership and management positions within the Sales Department over this time. She plays a critical role in propelling both retail and gross sales growth globally while also expanding retail presence and space. Allison has established skyn ICELAND as a top “go-to” and key growth brand for retailers by cultivating strong relationships and producing exceptional results. She started her career working in beauty retail stores and after graduating from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey with a Bachelor’s degree in both Women’s and Gender Studies and Sociology, joined the Customer Experience & Education team at Kiehl’s Since 1851, a part of the L’Oréal Group.

Kelley Martin,
Chief Marketing Officer

Kelley joined skyn ICELAND in April 2020 and brings over 14 years of broad beauty industry experience to the brand. She previously spent six years in leadership roles at Shiseido, where she most recently served as Vice President of Marketing for BUXOM Cosmetics and played a critical role in elevating the brand’s digital and influencer presence, while accelerating retail growth in the US market. She also spent time in the UK as Executive Director of Marketing for Bare Minerals, leading the brand to top 5 makeup market share in under three years. Kelley started her marketing career at Clinique, a part of The Estee Lauder Companies, holding various positions within the brand’s global skincare division. She also spent time with L’Oréal internationally, with both Lancome and Yves Saint Laurent Beauté. She holds an MBA degree in marketing from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

Dave Suter,
Interim CEO and CFO

Dave joined skyn ICELAND in September 2019 as Chief Financial Officer and recently also assumed the responsibilities of Interim Chief Executive Officer. He has over 30 years of experience in the Consumer Products and Beauty Industries and has a diverse background holding positions in accounting, finance, marketing and operations. His assignments have stationed him in various locations in the US, Asia and Europe. In terms of companies, he has worked for large international corporations, growing mid-size companies as well as start-up ventures. Aside from Skyn Iceland, his experience includes Unilever, Thermo Fisher Scientific. Elizabeth Arden, Calvin Klein Fragrances, Prestige Fragrances, Intelligent Nutrients and Royall Fragrances. Dave has an MBA from Rutgers University.

Sylvain Ducret,
Chairman of the Board

Sylvain Ducret is a Geneva-based executive who has over 25 years of experience in the cosmetics and healthcare industry as well as in operational roles for private equity firms. Mr. Ducret has extensive leadership experience and worked in several management roles in the Cosmetics industry.

Mr. Ducret held numerous executive positions at Clarins, Anteis and more recently Parfums Micallef. At Parfums Micallef, Mr. Ducret was an executive director a niche and luxury brand group of perfumes and cosmetics to organize the structure for its future growth and its sale.

Prior to joining Parfums Micallef, Mr. Ducret was Chief Financial Officer of Anteis, a healthcare company leader in its segment, Sylvain has shaping the group to transform it from a start up to an international group, including M&A and incorporation of several entities abroad before its successful sale and integration into the Merz group.

Prior to joining Anteis, Mr. Ducret worked for over 20 years in the Clarins Group in various senior operational and financial positions in Paris, Singapore and Geneva.

Mr. Ducret also gained valuable experience at Ralph Lauren. He graduated with a BA in Business Administration from ESIAE.

Frédéric Boulet,
Board Member

Frédéric Boulet is a Swiss Investor based in Geneva. Mr. Boulet is the controlling shareholder and majority investor in skyn ICELAND LLC.

Mr. Boulet used to be a director and main shareholder of Progisys, a private oil & gas services company. Mr. Boulet has served as Chief Executive of Pebercan, from September 2005 until September 2006. From September 2001 to August 2005, Mr. Boulet was Chief Executive of Maurel & Prom the largest French independent oil and gas exploration and production company.

Prior to joining Maurel & Prom, Mr. Boulet was the Business Development Director of the French Institute of Petroleum. Mr. Boulet has been a high civil servant in the French Government and in addition to other positions he has served as Chief of Staff of the French Minister of Energy.

Julien Balkany,
Board Member

Julien Balkany is a seasoned financial expert. Mr. Balkany has been a co-founder and serving as a managing partner of Nanes Balkany Partners, since January 2008. Nanes Balkany Partners is a NY-headquartered group of funds which primarily pursues equity value investments in oil and gas companies.

Mr. Balkany has been since October 2014, non-executive Chairman of Panoro Energy (www.panoroenergy.com), a Norwegian oil and gas exploration and production company with operations headquartered in London and publicly listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange.

Concomitantly Mr. Balkany has also been since 2018 a non-executive director of several companies, including but not limited to (i) Amromco Energy a privately held oil and gas exploration and production company with operations in Romania, (ii) Sarmin Bauxite Limited, a privately held bauxite company focused on Guinea and (iii) of the Board of Pan-African Diamonds Ltd, a privately head diamond mining company.

Mr. Balkany served as a non-executive Director of Gasfrac Energy Services, a Calgary-based oilfield services company that was listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange, as well as of Norwegian Energy Company (Noreco) a Norwegian oil and gas exploration and production company with operations in listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange. Mr. Balkany also served as Vice-Chairman and non-Executive Director of Toreador Resources Corp., an oil and gas exploration and production company with operations in Continental Europe and dual-listed on the NASDAQ and Euronext Paris.

Mr. Balkany worked at Nanes Delorme Capital Management LLC, a New York based financial advisory and broker-dealer firm, from 2005 to 2008. He studied Political Science at the Institute of Political Studies of Strasbourg (France) and Finance at UC Berkeley. Mr. Balkany is also fluent in French and Spanish.