Janet Gurwitch

Operating Partner

Advent International

Janet Gurwitch is an operating partner with Advent International, where she serves on the board of Olaplex, Inc. Gurwitch is the founder and former CEO of Laura Mercier Cosmetics & Skincare, a global brand of high-end niche cosmetics.  Gurwitch managed and oversaw Laura Mercier’s day-to-day business operations, strategy development and retail negotiations.  Gurwitch joined forces with famed makeup artist Laura Mercier in 1996 after realizing the imminent paradigm shift in the beauty industry that was propelling niche lines to the forefront of the cosmetics business.  The combination of Gurwitch’s business savvy and foresight coupled with Mercier’s talent provided a solid foundation for a strong, growing business based on technique and a high-quality product. She sold Laura Mercier in 2008, and it’s now owned by Shiseido Corporation in Japan. Prior to founding Laura Mercier, Janet Gurwitch was the Executive Vice President of Neiman Marcus, where she established the merchandising strategy from 1992-1995. Today, Gurwitch is an investor in and on the Board of Directors of Drybar and the Houston Astros baseball team.  She formerly served on the boards of Tatcha, First Aid Beauty, Dollar Shave Club and Urban Decay Cosmetics.  For the past decade, she was an operating partner with Castanea, a Boston-based private equity firm, with focus on the beauty consumer space.   Gurwitch’s personal community involvement includes supporting the Menil Collection, Houston Symphony, Houston Grand Opera and Hermann Park Conservancy.