Class: 1960Inducted: 2007
A 1960 graduate of Asbury Park High School, Madleine Ruocco attended New York University and Monmouth College. She began a 41-year career in the cosmetic industry at Revlon, in Product Management and New Product Development. Her next position at Charles of the Ritz in Product Management lasted one short year. She became the Director of marketing for their Prestige Business and three years later, at age 34, became the youngest Vice President I n the history of Charles of the Ritz.
In 1980, Madleine purchased a division of the company, called Imperial Formula, which she successfully operated for 18 years. During her tenure she developed the entire "Snoopy" cosmetics and fragrance line for children, working directly with the cartoonist, Charles Schultz. She served as CEO and President of both companies.
In 1998 Madleine sold the company but continues to run the business as well as another prestigious cosmetic company, Alexandra de Markoff. In 2001, she joined Shiseido, the fifth largest cosmetic company in the world as Vice president of Marketing and Sales. In the five years she had been with the company, she had tripled their private label business. Presently she has her own consulting business.
Her professional organizations include CEW (Cosmetic Executive Women), and international organization, of which she has been a member for over 30 years, two years serving as a member of the Board of Governors. Madleine has been included in the Who's Who list of Executives and Professionals in 1995 and 1996. In 1972 she received an award for excellence in package design.
Ms. Ruocco has been a guest lecturer at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City as well as at Brookdale Community College. She has made numerous guest appearances on radio talk shows and has been the subject of many newspaper and magazine interviews.
In 1995 Madleine was elected to municipal office in Allenhurst, New Jersey, where she served for six years. She was the first woman to hold elected office in the 100-year history of the borough. She has also served on the Planning Board of the Borough of Allenhurst, been a mentor at Asbury Park High School, and has lectured to various senior citizen groups advising women about good grooming and makeup application.