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With Passion, Marta Sanz: Meet Puig’s VP of Global Corporate Communications

As Vice President of Global Corporate Communications at Puig, Marta Sanz truly and simply understands people across the world with a passion.

As Vice President of Global Corporate Communications at Puig, Marta Sanz truly and simply enjoys capturing how people are across the world. After realizing that her initial desires of becoming a diplomat were too constricting, Marta chased after a career where she could creatively and with a high degree of independence grow, while simultaneously being amongst a wide variety of people. As a speaker of four languages and a blissful nomad, Marta found her niche by pushing the boundaries of global corporate communication within the beauty industry. Having lived in Italy, the UK, USA, Spain and France (where she is based now), Marta works tirelessly to redefine the way corporate and professional collaborations develop throughout the spheres of fashion and beauty.

Whether it is obtaining a journalism degree, receiving a chef certification, or holding fashion and fragrance communication roles at Paco Rabanne, Nina Ricci and Carolina Herrera, there is one thing that keeps Marta grounded in all that she does: passion. “Whatever I do, I do it with passion and a healthy amount of modesty, that is what works for me,” she says. BWB sat down with Marta to discuss this passion for her work and the things that help her maintain it.

AT WORK
What is the best piece of advice you ever got…

The one piece of advice that had the most impact on me throughout the years was to always have a good sense of humor and to lighten up, as a general life rule. It helps so much when having a perfectionist personality (laugh). I consistently apply it and it works! Lighten up, lighten up!

How to be an effective leader…

I like to use empathy as a great leadership tool. A mix of the right management skills, empathy, owning and embracing a work vision, and a touch of creativity while managing people’s emotions. Respect is key in addition to owning the appropriate business skills.

Respect is key in addition to owning the appropriate business skills.

How to stay creative…

I am all about ongoing learning, observing, absorbing, consistently getting out of the comfort zone and challenging myself. Anything that creates new obstacles sharpens creativity, sharpens growth and opens up opportunities, as well as keeping me humble and down-to-earth.

YOUR CITY (or cities!)
What you love most…

Running sightseeing. I have discovered so many places while practicing my favorite sport (Jardin des Plantes, Vincennes, Boulogne, Les Quais de Seine, Champs de Mars, Buttes-Chaumont, Monceau, Palais Royal, Louvre-Tuileries, Bassin de la Vilette…) I run in the early morning, I am a daylight person.

Go-to lunch place…

Wild and the Moon Opera has become a must for me. For non-vegan, I like Clover and Septime. I am all about product quality and simplicity so small places like Eels or Papillon are also on my list.

Favorite-afternoon-café…

Café Jacquemart-André and La Réserve.

A night on the town…

Believe me…I am a 100% daytime woman– no night life in Paris or anywhere else for me. I do nights for work only. A perfect day-off plan would be waking up early to go for a run, then going to a Bikram practice, and ending up with a good deep tissue massage! And if doing nights, it would be with friends at our own place, a light meal and hours of good conversations.

YOUR BEAUTY
Must-have skincare products (can be anything from body oil to what you do to stay energized)…

These days I am crazy about mixing my own oils, but there are some products that have stayed with me for years. Jonctum Cica from Sinclair Repairing Cream has changed my face and neck skin, and I apply it every morning together with Foto Ultra ISDIN Age Repair SPF50. I am addicted to Badger Creamy Cocoa Butter Lip Balm and never pass a day without applying Body Shea Butter from Beautébène. I give lots of importance to mouth care so I collect dozens of toothbrushes :-) I have been using Jason Tea Tree Oil paste and Eco-Dent toothpowder for years to keep my teeth healthy-looking. I like to think that the true way to have great skin and better health is good quality sleep, balanced eating habits, positive thoughts, and love from friends and family.

Favorite makeup products…

I am not a heavy makeup person but I cannot live without my Vitality Lip Flush from IT Cosmetics and Dr. PawPaw Tinted Ultimate Red Balm for my cheeks. I have also late discovered REVITALASH that finally gave me LONGUEEE lashes. Unique beauty store in Paris: VELAN Beauty, 87 passage Brady 75010 Paris.

Favorite Perfume…

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What does it mean to you to be an empowered woman today?

Being empowered is definitely not being like men. There has always been empowered women throughout history that didn’t need to compare themselves with men. Empowered to me means being confident, open minded, with a vision and totally unabashed. A woman with positive ambition, and strong will. Ethical values, education and life experience is also relevant in the empowerment process.

Teresa Deely

Teresa Deely is a junior at Columbia University majoring in English and Creative Writing. As President of the Columbia University Glee Club, she loves to sing, make music, and celebrate multiple modes of artistic expression. She believes that one’s skin is yet another canvas and vehicle for art, and has loved styling her hair and applying makeup from a young age. While she has spent most of her time in educating youth and leading enrichment programs for children, she is highly motivated in discovering new ways to care for herself and sharing them with others.

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