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2013 TEDxColumbus: Out There

Tom Knotek

Tom has spent the last 25 years of his professional career focused in the fragrance and beauty sector concentrating on the retail, wholesale and private label industries. He recently held the position of Senior Vice President of Home Fragrance for Bath and Body Works, a division of L Brands based in Columbus, Ohio. During his eight years there, Tom oversaw the entire olfactive portfolio of the division and was responsible for creating some of the top selling iconic Bath and Body Works Home Fragrances. Prior to joining Bath and Body Works, he was Senior Vice President at Slatkin & Co, a home fragrance company. In 1994, he joined Harry and Laura Slatkin as their first employee of Slatkin & Co. and working along side them, established Slatkin & Co, to be the premier Home Fragrance brand in the continental U.S and eventually, internationally.

Tom’s passion for fragrance was heightened when he was hand selected to attend the prestigious Givaudan School of Perfumery instructed by the master perfumer Jean Guichard. Upon completion of the program, Tom spent the next two years working one on one with master perfumers perfecting his craft of sensory evaluation and creativity.

When he is not working, he loves gourmet cooking and gardening.


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