At Alberto Culver, Daughter Knows Best

The company has renewed sheen since Carol Bernick got her dad to step down as CEO

For Carol and Howard Bernick, business has always been a family affair. Since the day she graduated from college, Carol L. Bernick has worked for Alberto-Culver Co., the toiletries company her father, Leonard Lavin, founded in 1955. Husband Howard, who has also worked for the company for decades, became CEO in 1994. Carol has been the creative brains behind many of Alberto-Culver's most successful products, Howard the numbers man. And Carol's dad, 79, couldn't be happier about the arrangement. "The best thing she ever did for the company," he joked at the annual meeting, "was to use all her wiles to get us a fine CEO."

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