CEO, Alchimie Forever
In 2004, daughter and co-creator of Alchimie Forever, Ada Polla set out to launch her family's Swiss based skincare line in the US.Today, the brand boasts global visibility and distribution, thanks to her focus and determination, which have yielded double-digit annual growth and garnered her several press-worthy opportunities to communicate her family’s knowledge and passion for the science of anti-aging skincare. Securing partnerships with exclusive spas, specialty boutiques and a global collective of cosmetic dermatologists, Ada continues to share her family’s philosophy that healthy skin can be achieved using effective products and promises that even though Alchimie Forever is growing, she is still dedicated to providing consumers with a personal touch in every experience, called the Forever Commitment.
Although day-to-day operations at Alchimie Forever keep Ada busy, she still finds time to be involved in several ventures such as the Washington Spa Alliance and Fashion Group International, where she serves on the board as Founding Member and Treasurer, respectively. In addition, Ada operates on the Editorial Board of GCI Magazine and is on the HBA Conference Advisory Board. Ada contributes to several magazines and speaks at top universities and leading industry conferences. She was featured on the cover of Business Week Small Biz and was one of the top five finalists nominated for Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year by Entrepreneur Magazine. In 2011, the Network For Teaching Entrepreneurship presented her with the Homegrown Entrepreneur Award. Ada is a visionary in skincare and business and successfully blends the two in all of Alchimie Forever’s prolific endeavors.
Ada also has experience consulting for DiamondCluster International and product management expertise in the medical device industry from her work at Candela Corporation. Ada’s distinguished educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts in political science and art history at Harvard University followed by an MBA from Georgetown University.
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Director of Branding and Public Relations
Catherine Littlefield joined Alchimie Forever in January 2005, and in 2007 became Director of Public Relations. She graduated from Southern Methodist University (Dallas, TX) with a joint degree in English and Political Science in May 2004. Born and raised in New York City, Catherine has professional experience in public relations and retail.
DR. LUIGI POLLA
Father and world-renowned cosmetic dermatologist, Dr. Luigi Polla was the first medical doctor to introduce laser technology to Europe. His expertise in cosmetic treatments using lasers led him to the keen understanding that how a person looks is vitally important to their overall well-being. His earliest formulations were created for post-procedure and at-home care for his patients. These formulations marked the beginning of Alchimie Forever as skincare created to immediately treat sensitized skin and accentuate anti-aging benefits.
Dr. Polla specialized in dermatology during his medical studies in Geneva, Switzerland. Thereafter, he moved to Brussels, Belgium to broaden his experience in cutaneous allergies at Saint-Luc Hospital with Professor Jean-Marie Lachapelle. He then spent two years in Boston, MA gaining expertise in laser dermatology at the Wellman Laboratory, an affiliate of Massachusetts General Hospital with Professor Rox Anderson. Upon his return to Geneva in 1986, Dr. Polla opened a solo dermatology practice addressing the needs of children suffering from skin issues such as hemangiomas and port wine stains eventually leading to the use of pulsed dye laser technology in the aesthetic treatment of adults. In 1997, the spa made its transformation into the first fully integrated European medical day spa known as the Forever Institut.
Dr. Polla is the founder of the Swiss Society for Aesthetic Medicine, a board member of the Committee on the International Union of Aesthetic Medicine and a member of the American Academy of Dermatology. Today, he continues to practice dermatology, both medical and cosmetic, at the Forever Institut. The spa supports Alchimie Forever as the foundation behind the brand’s new learning and discovery.
Anne Pouillot joined Alchimie Forever in February 2006 as a trainee before being quickly promoted to scientific and technical assistant. She is now Scientific Director of the brand. As such, she is actively involved in the design and formulation of products and works closely with laboratories and other suppliers; She is also involved in the promotion and commercial development of Alchimie Forever products in Europe.
Anne has contributed to the writing of several scientific articles on antioxidants, iron, preservatives, and controversial ingredients; she has also contributed to the writing of a chapter in the book of N. Dayan, entitled "Natural antioxidants and Their effects on the skin." In addition to these daily activities, Anne Pouillot teaches a masters course on antioxidants to biochemistry students at the University of Dijon, France.
Anne regularly promotes Alchimie Forever products on the M6Boutique television channel. Anne received her Bachelor Degree in biochemistry at the University of Dijon, France, in 2005 and her Master's Degree, specialized on plant molecules, in 2006.