Cosmetic Executive Women was founded in 1954 in the United States of America, as a social organisation. In 1975 this developed into a not-for-profit organisation with a mission to promote the contributions of women in the cosmetics industry. In 1985 CEW expanded its mission to include education, philanthropy and industry development.
In 1986, CEW was founded in Paris, France before the establishment of CEW in London in 1992.
The CEW membership in the United Kingdom currently numbers over 1,000 executives in the beauty industry and related fields. These men and women hold entry level, mid-level and senior management positions and form our pre-eminent organisation as we see it today.