Estee Lauder Revamps Leadership Structure

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Estee Lauder Revamps Leadership Structure

By Lisa Johnston - 06/26/2020
Jane Hertzmark Hudis

On the heels of its first chief data officer appointment, The Estee Lauder Companies announced another series of executive changes as the company evolves its leadership structure.

As part of the formation of a new, third brand cluster that will be primarily focused on artisanal and luxury fragrances, Jane Hertzmark Hudis has been promoted from group president to executive group president.

Reporting to president and CEO Fabrizio Freda, Hudis will lead the Estée Lauder, La Mer, Bobbi Brown, Aerin, Origins, Aveda, Bumble and Bumble, Dr. Jart+ and Do the Right Thing brands.

Stéphane de La Faverie

Stéphane de La Faverie, meanwhile, has been elevated to group president with responsibility for the Jo Malone London, Aramis and Designer Fragrances, Le Labo, Darphin, Lab Series, By Kilian, Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle, Rodin olio lusso and Prescriptives brands.  He’ll also retain his role as global brand president of Estée Lauder and Aerin, which he’s held since 2016.

John Demsey, executive group president, will continue to oversee M·A·C, Clinique, BECCA, Too Faced, Smashbox, Glamblow and Tom Ford Beauty brands. He’ll serve as an advisor to the company’s new brand integration capability, as well as retain leadership of its creative organization.

“This exciting evolution of our leadership and organizational structure reflects our ‘run to win today, transform to lead tomorrow’ approach,” said Freda in a statement. “It further aligns our portfolio of brands to continue to lead in an increasingly competitive beauty landscape, and ensures that we are matching the expertise, capabilities and experiences of our exceptional leaders with the biggest opportunities and engines to deliver long-term, sustainable growth.”

John Demsey

Separately, the company also announced that Andrew Ross will lead strategy, new business development and integration, while Daniel Mahler will lead global transformation and category leadership. Both are members of the company’s executive leadership team.

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