Beauty and Skincare Innovator and Expert
About Stefano Curti
A recognized leader and innovator in the beauty and skincare industries, Stefano Curti has enjoyed a long and distinguished career with Johnson & Johnson (J&J), serving the company in the United States, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Stefano Curti led the development and expansion of several J&J beauty product lines for more than two decades. He recently informed Johnson & Johnson’s world chairman, Jesse Wu, that he was leaving the company to pursue an opportunity to develop a line of consumer products for a venture capital group in San Francisco.
Stefano Curti was educated in Italy, where he received a bachelor’s degree in economics from Libera Università Internazionale degli Studi Sociali in Rome. He also earned a designation as a certified public accountant in Italy.
Beginning his career with Johnson & Johnson as a regional franchise director, Stefano Curti was responsible for the company’s products and interests in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. He then went on to become managing director of the Nordic countries before moving to Los Angeles to head the Neutrogena division of the company. During this time, Mr. Curti helped launch a number of products within the Neutrogena and Aveeno brands, including Neutrogena Acne Stress Control, Neutrogena Dermatologics, Aveeno Eczema, and Aveeno Hair Care.
In 2009, Stefano Curti was named president of the U.S. beauty division of Johnson & Johnson. He went on to become global president of the skincare line, most specifically baby and beauty products, in 2011.
Stefano Curti - Series A Funding
Currently leading an innovation incubator group out of the San Francisco Bay Area, Stefano Curti spent over two decades with Johnson and Johnson. The former global president of skincare for J&J, Stefano Curti played a role in the launches of products from Aveeno, Neutrogena, Lubriderm, and Clean & Clear. In January 2014, he finalized a series A funding deal for a female wellness initiative.
Also known as A round financing, series A funding is an important way for new businesses to gain much-needed capital for growth. The first step for a company in acquiring money involves obtaining seed capital. This initial investment allows firms to start operating, but it rarely provides enough money for significant growth. After a seeded company begins earning revenue, but generally before it begins generating profits, it can seek out series A funding.
Series A funding refers to the process of seeking outside investors. These financiers generally consist of venture capital and angel investors who understand the risk of these propositions. Once a company has proven itself as viable during its initial stage, it can offer part ownership to others through preferred stock. Moreover, series A investors traditionally require antidilution provisions so that their stock retains its value over future rounds of investments.