Kopari has tapped John Michael [JM] Bain as its new VP of Sales. John most recently served as VP, Sales and education, at Procter & Gamble-owned First Aid Beauty.
In this role JM will be charged with building out Kopari’s retail business to mirror the brand’s strong DTC foundation. Prior to First Aid Beauty, JM worked for LVMH, Shiseido, and
Dr. Brandt Skincare.
“I am excited to be joining Kopari at this incredible inflection point in the brand’s
trajectory. Total skin wellness, clean body care growth and the overall skin-ification of body are
trends we’re seeing explode right now. Kopari’s active ingredient profile and luxurious
cleaner-than-clean formulas have positioned the brand for greatness in both the short and long
term,” JM said of joining the clean skin care brand based in San Diego.
Susan Kim, CEO of Kopari, said JM’s track record of scaling indie brands and growing retail strategies fits seamlessly into the brand’s vision. Kopari is best known for its sustainably sourced, nutrient-rich coconut oil from small family farms in the Philippines. Kopari is vegan and free of cruelty, sulfates, parabens, silicone, and phthalates, and comes in sustainable, recyclable packaging. Susan joined Kopari in September 2020 from Huda Beauty, and replaced the company’s co-founder, Bryce Goldman, in the executive role.
In July 2019, Kopari closed a $20 million round of funding from notable investment partners including the Growth Fund of L Catterton, Unilever Ventures and San Diego-based University Growth Fund, among other investors. L Catterton previously invested in Kopari in January 2017, alongside celebrity investors Ashton Kutcher, Mila Kunis, Jared Leto and Karlie Kloss.