LifeStyles’ story dates back to 1905, when Eric Ansell first started making condoms in Richmond Australia.
Today, LifeStyles is a global leader in the sexual wellness sector, comprising of a broad range of condoms, personal lubricants, and other related products.
LifeStyles Healthcare was created on September 1, 2017, when the consortium of Humanwell Healthcare & CITIC Capital purchased the Sexual Wellness division from Ansell.
This is an exciting time to join us. We combine century-long history with the opportunity of a new beginning as a stand-alone company - this means a new way of thinking, the opportunity to explore new horizons and the chance to make a mark in an exciting, fresh business.
We are empowered professionals and we are committed to creating a team of the world’s “best of the best”. Our business foundation is strong, among our values are Integrity and Respect, our people are highly engaged, and we are excited about a new phase in the company history. We have a focus on safety and teamwork - and we want you to join us!
We have great respect for people and for the environment. We always act with high levels of integrity and in the best interests of the world around us.
We encourage robust debate, but when a decision is made, we all work towards the same goals.
We know that collaboration builds stronger companies and we encourage teams working together to create greatness.
We want to build a strong company that can serve all stakeholders well, and to do this we will always be passionate and competitive.
From the every beginnings of our company an entrepreneurial spirit has flowed in our veins and it is a spirit we value and strive to maintain.
We create joy through
We bring joyful moments to all adults,
regardless of gender, race, sexuality,
ability, age or religion by supporting,
encouraging, and ensuring all
aspects of sensual wellness
A view from some of our leaders
When I was presented with the opportunity to be the CEO of LifeStyles Healthcare, I never imagined that my earliest days with the company would be in the strangest and most challenging times that most of us ever experienced in our lifetimes – the lockdown of the COVID-19 pandemic. Yet, this presented me with the best possible opportunity to understand what makes us a great company. From the comfort and solitude of my home office, I experienced the power of human connection that is the lifeblood of LifeStyles. Across innumerable video calls, even ones with “cameras on” when we were looking less than corporate, my colleagues around the world shared their personal stories, their business stories, and their commitment to achieving our shared goals. I continue to be impressed every day with how well our global team continues to come together, balancing work and personal life across multiple time zones, and continuously moving the business forward.
Even in those challenging times, we achieved great things, refining how we work together in pursuit of setting LifeStyles on the path to explosive growth and placing it as the leader of full spectrum sexual wellness. Through the inspiration and perspiration of all colleagues worldwide and leveraging the strong connections we’ve created across the globe, we have come to think of LifeStyles as our own company to nurture and grow so that it can realize its full potential.
We achieve all this by building our business on the strong foundation of our company values: Integrity and Respect, Harmony, Team Work, a Passion for Winning, and Entrepreneurialism. These words have come directly from the hearts and minds of our employees, and they reflect the best combination of our 100+ year history and the new energy, excitement, and passion of a company that was newly “birthed” in 2017. Above all else, we seek to provide joy through human connection in all we do.
Collaboration is central to LifeStyles’ success, especially when it concerns new products. Andrea Pavlovicova’s role as Global Director of Innovation and New Category Development has her managing multiple relationships to ensure that LifeStyle’s innovations are the best they can be.
Creating sensual wellness products is a process, but worth the reward of seeing the final product on shelves, selling and resonating with consumers. Andrea and her team work a year ahead and do a lot of practical creative work before getting to the final product. ‘With any new product idea, we work with our agency partners and consumers to establish the product definition, the concept of the product and what its consumer benefits are,’ she says. ‘Then, we have all the practical side of development to do.’
This collaborative process is aided by Andrea’s ability to speak six different languages, which has been useful throughout her career, especially in her dealings with agencies and suppliers around the world. ‘As the saying goes, the more languages you speak, the more times you are a person. It certainly helps when you can connect with someone in their own language.’ Andrea’s focus on collaboration is one shared by LifeStyles and allows the company to continue to innovate.
Developing strong products and brands that resonate with people is central to the work done at LifeStyles Healthcare and offers our people unique opportunities, like being part of building and shaping a brand from the ground up as was the experience of LifeStyles’ Head of Global Brand Strategy, Marta Toth.
‘Creating a new brand is one of the most fascinating things you can do in marketing, if not the most,’ Marta said, when recently asked about her experience of helping to build SKYN® into the global brand it is today. Although initially hired to manage LifeStyles’ branding and communication in Europe, Marta soon took on board the rare challenge of creating a new brand, which had to translate across markets. The project allowed her to be truly creative, resourceful and a true brand ambassador for the newcomers across the business. ‘SKYN is a brand consumers love, which we definitely get more compliments about than complaints,’ Marta says. ‘Seeing the work that I am doing at LifeStyles bring real happiness to people is the most rewarding part of my job.’
Many different cogs turn to make the LifeStyles machine work—Innovation, Marketing, R&D, Sales, Operations, HR, Legal and Finance all play a critical role.
We recently spoke with our CFO Natalia Ryjoukhina about her position and what it means to work in finance for a company with global presence and big ambitions. Natalia defines her role as helping the business achieve its financial objectives, which means new challenges every day.
The only thing she can be sure of is that she will be interacting with people from all over the world—the finance team alone operates in 8 different countries. ‘If I told you how many countries I visited in a year, it will look like I work for an airline,’ she quips. But Natalia is focused on the company vision of human connection and works hard to ensure that there is great positive connection among her team and with the rest of the organisation.
'I’m often asked about being a female CFO; I don’t understand why that is interesting to people, when we all respect each other and get along, sex, age, race and all the things that appear to make us different, seem to actually be what brings us together.' Natalia’s contribution to LifeStyles is a great example of the human connection we value as a company.
A career at lifestyles is more than the work you do. impact on the community, your personal growth and team members.
At LifeStyles, we pride ourselves on innovation. In fact, it is so important that we have a special room for it. The Ideation Room, based in our Thailand office, is where new product ideas are put forward by the research and development and innovation teams.
Whether big or small, all ideas are showcased. Some spark new products and potential improvements immediately, while others sit in the room for years, waiting for the right time to be implemented or grown. This room, a stimulating exhibition of the innovative thinking at LifeStyles, along with the close collaboration between our teams, is what enables us to launch at least four new products into the global market every year.
Teamwork is an essential part of every work day at LifeStyles. With offices around the world, this teamwork extends across time zones, cultures and even languages. Working very closely with the Chinese team on procurement, supply, innovation and planning, our Thai teams recently expressed an interest in learning Mandarin as a way to create stronger ties with their international colleagues.
At LifeStyles, we stay true to our vision “for the joy of human connection”. This means that it’s important to have joy in all our offices across the world! We plan activities that allow us to connect to our other teammates, celebrate achievements and focus on personal and team wellness.
Stories from the Lifestyles family members
Director, Global Innovation
I joined the organization in 2006 as a Marketing Manager for CEE, but over the pas decade I have had thee opportunity to use both aspects of my marketing expertise - brand development as well as brand implementation. During this period, I discovered that my stronggest passion is in development, and over the past 2 years I have had the privilege of driving the Innovation agenda in Lifestyles Healthcare. The fact that I have held serveral regional roles, and had the associated responsibilities, has helped me to develop a strong sense of practicality and urgency when it comes to NPD and reviewing new categories.
I believe that collaboration is central to success, especially when it concerns new product development and processes. Creating sensual wellness products is a process, but worth the reward of seeing the final product on shelves, selling and resonating with consumers.
Together with my team we work at least a year ahead and do a lot of "practical creative work" getting to the final product.
I love working in our diverse organization and benefit from contribution which different point of views are bringing into development."
Senior Manager, New Products & New Categories, Global Marketing at LifeStyles Healthcare
I joined LifeStyles as Sr. Project Manager for lubricants and later as Sr. Manager within the Gloal Marketing innovation team working in our Bankok, Thailand office. Working closely with the cross-functional project team in Bangkok and our global and regional teams around the world, I have had the opportunity to create new processes to improve our efficiencly and strengthen our teamwork. I also have created strong relationships with our outsource suppliers to benefit our growing business scope.
LifeStyles has given me excellent opportuities to fulfil my ideal working environment by providing new opportunities for innovation both in product scope and ways we work.
Regional Sales Manager, São Paulo – Brazil – working in the company for 13 years.
I joined LifeStyles (formerly Ansell) in late 2013, looking to broaden my experience in Supply Chain, and since then, all of my expectations have been met. I have had the opportunity to encompass all areas of Supply Chain / Customer Service and have increased my area of responsibility to a wider region, including the Americas. I have also had the opportunity to contribute to various important projects for the company, including a production site closure in Brazil, the divestiture from Ansell to LifeStyles, and ERP implementation. During this time, I have collaborated with dozens of people of diverse nationalities and cultures while traveling to many countries. I´m confident in saying that integrity and respect, as well as teamwork, form the basis of our company.
In my current role, as part of the Supply Chain and Customer Service team, I work to deliver optimal Supply and Customer Service, empowering and developing teams to deliver great results while maintaining and respecting key policies and procedures that allow the company to do business responsibly all over the world.
Associate Director, Americas Supply Chain & Customer Service, São Paulo, - Brazil
Since the divestiture from Ansell to Lifestyles, I have found an environment where creativity and entrepreneurship each have their place. I worked in the area of Trade Marketing, where I could develop plans that contributed to the growth of Lifestyles in Brazil. As well as working in a positive environment, I had freedom and the respect of the local leaders, and my ideas always were considered and implemented in the market.
Looking ahead, I hope that Lifestyles will maintain their status as that of a winning company, upholding their talent and attracting new ones. It truly is an inspirational company for the global marketplace.”
Sr.Manager Marketing Communication & Portfolio EMEA, Cergy-France
"I joined LifeStyles as Marketing Manager for French Mass Market. A few years later, I took responsibility for all French channels, including Pharmacy, and added new expertise to my skillset by managing Communications for SKYN® strategic investments throughout the country.
Thanks to strong results (a Market Share record) combined with company's new culture(FMCG mindset), I have recently been promoted to take over the global EMEA Communications portfolio. This position offers me more internal exposure and the opportunity to collaborate with different stakeholders.
My drivers have always been a passion for winning and Entrepreneurialism. I constantly try to take a step back and put myself in the consumer's shoes to see if our implementation would make sense for him/her. My ROI focus forces me to strongly challenge our external media partners to make sure that our compaigns deliver both on Marketing and sales KPIs.
To achieve the best results, I challenge myself every day and continuously try to adopt a new midset. "Emerging" is key in the highly competitive market. We need to be smarter and do things differently.
I'm very happy to replicate my experience in the EMEA region and create wider success."
I love working in our diverse organization and benefit from contribution which different point of views are bringing into development."
New Products & New Categories Manager, Global Marketing at LifeStyles Healthcare
I joined the company when it was still Ansell back in 2011. Coming from a technical background, I accepted the position as R & D chemist for the Sexual Wellness GBU. Even as an R&D chemist, I love how dynamic and versatile my role was which led me to experience working with people from various background culture.
In 2015, I was offered to relocate from Malaysia to Bangkok and took on a challenge to double hat as Project Manager and Chemist. It was tough leading two roles and staying in a new country, but with the focus and warm hospitality of the team and business, I worked to build a stronger product pipeline with better project delivery. With the divestiture to Lifestyles, I relocated back to Malaysia and accepted another trial to take on a completely new role as Innovation Manager as part of the Global Marketing team.
This is a totally new arena as I have never dabbled with Marketing. I am pleased to be working for Lifestyles as it feels like I am always given many opportunities for my personal development.
HR supervisor, Tianjin – China
"I joined the Tianjin plant as HR Officer and was later promoted to HR Supervisor. The goal is to transmit the Lifestyle’s values, policies and culture to the team, creating a positive environment and influence in the Tianjin plant. As a Chinese citizen, I love to work in such a global, dynamic, international company where openness and innovation offer me the possibility to personally grow and take on additional responsibilities. Tianjin Human-care provides me with my ideal working environment, and allows us to focus on opening up to a new world using more environmentally-friendly technologies."
Administration officer, Tianjin China
I joined Tianjin Human-Care as Export Sales early 2015 and currently work on supporting Tianjin plant's integration into Lifestyles. Glad to have this opportunity to collaborate with global colleagues and work in such dynamic and international company.
Sexual Wellness is at the heart of the modern world health and LifeStyles is the world’s leading condom company. We envisage a brighter future, founded on an enduring culture of valuing diversity and mutual respect .Be a part of it!