The son of Gerald and Rae Oppenheim, who founded what is now Australia’s largest family-owned pharmaceutical business in 1953 after developing Pinetarsol from their family home, Alan knows Ego inside out, having worked in all areas of the business beginning when he was in high school where he worked after hours in the dispatch, receiving and moving barrels of various ingredients well before the arrival of any forklifts.
After officially joining Ego in 1981, Alan undertook the task of automating the company’s factory stock and manufacturing systems. He then turned his attention to significantly improving quality systems in the production processes, the quality control testing processes and in the science behind all marketing material.
As Managing Director, Alan is constantly seeking new ways to improve and maintain the company’s reputation for leading the way in innovative products for skin treatment and healthy skin maintenance.
Under Alan’s leadership, some of Ego Pharmaceuticals’ achievements include:
- the development of SunSense, a world first in improved sun protection and customer acceptability;
- extending the iconic Pinetarsol range with Pinetarsol Gel and Pinetarsol Bar;
- the creation of DermAid (another world-first in terms of improved formulation of hydrocortisone cream);
- the development of market-leading QV, in response to a request from the dermatology department of the Queen Victoria Hospital to create a product for their service line.
Alan’s passion for Ego, its industry, and the science that inspires and supports it, has led to numerous accolades and industry recognition. A life Member of the Australian Dermatology Nurses Association, Alan was President of the International Federation of Societies of Cosmetic Scientists (IFSCC) representing 14,000 scientists in 35 nations. The business has also established fellowships for dermatologists and dermatology nurses in Australia and internationally.
Under Alan’s management, Ego has also been awarded a slate of accolades including the Australian Export Hero (2010), Excellence in Sales and Services, BRW/ANZ Private Business Award for overseas trading (2010), Governor of Victoria Export Awards (2006 & 2009), Australian Self Medication Industry (2008 & 2009) but to name a few.
Wednesday 22nd April 2015
To celebrate his years of service to Ego in the UAE, we introduce you to Azzam Alwani.
Azzam has worked with Ego for 12 years as the Middle East Regional Manager. He is based in Dubai within the UAE. Prior to joining Ego Azzam worked with our skin care range via a distributor company for Ego products and in his 22 years of experience with Ego has seen a number of significant changes within Ego and across the region. Over Azzam’s history with Ego there has been a huge growth in the number of products produced and he has watched several Ego products rocket to number 1 category position in the Middle Eastern markets.
He has also visited the Australian plant on numerous occasions and has seen the development of the research and development facility, the increase in production capacity and the expansion of warehousing that has been required to meet the demand in the Middle East markets.
Azzam’s advice to someone considering a position in the company is that,
“Ego is the right work place for you if you are a creative person who believes in change.”
Congratulations and Thank you for being a part of the Ego family.
Wednesday 22nd October 2014
Last week Helen from Ego was named runner up as Health and Safety Representative of the Year at the Victorian Work Cover Authority Health and Safety Awards. A fantastic achievement and well earned recognition for her hard work.
Helen has worked at Ego for 10 years as a machine setter. This is what she had to say.
“Ego has an excellent OH&S manager and I enjoy working alongside her. The employees’ health and safety are a high priority within Ego and whilst investing in the company’s future, Ego recognises that their employees are a big part of their success.” Helen has been an OH&S rep for 6 years and says, “I would recommend being an OH&S rep as it’s important to get involved and be proactive. OH&S training assists you to look after yourself and your work colleagues.”
Helen pictured with Denise Cosgrove, Chief Executive at Victorian WorkCover Authority.