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Estée Lauder Co. Names New Leadership for North America and the U.K. and Ireland

April 11, 2017

Thia Breen, group president, North America, to retire after 40 year career.

The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. today announced leadership appointments for its two largest markets, North America and the United Kingdom (UK) and Ireland as Thia Breen, group president, North America, has made the decision to retire. Chris Good, president, UK and Ireland, has been named her successor in the role of president, North America.

Succeeding Good is Philippe Warnery, current general manager, Canada, who has been appointed SVP and GM, UK and Ireland.  These changes are effective July 1, 2017, according to ELC.

“Thia’s outstanding professional achievements and her impressive career trajectory from Clinique account executive to Group President will continue to inspire all of us to push the boundaries of leadership growth,” said Fabrizio Freda, president and CEO. “Today’s announcement reflects the Company’s thoughtful succession planning philosophy, which is grounded in a passion for the growth and development of our people to reach their highest potential. Chris and Philippe will leverage their best-in-class leadership in go-to-market strategies, including digital innovation, as well as their operational expertise, to fuel sustainable and profitable growth in our two largest markets.”

“Thia is an exceptional leader and visionary, as well as a strong role model and mentor to leaders, particularly women leaders, in the business. Her signature leadership across our brands and in North America has made an indelible mark on our company,” added William P. Lauder, executive chairman. “As we congratulate Thia and reflect on her incredible career, we are also thrilled to welcome Chris and Philippe into their respective new roles to continue leading growth in North America and the U.K. and Ireland.”

In 2009 Breen became the first executive to assume the role of president, North America, and she was later promoted to group president in 2012. She has implemented influential retail strategies, laid a foundation of operational discipline and created numerous strategic capabilities to diversify and strengthen the Company’s portfolio success in North America. Breen helped establish the organizational structure for the Canada business in 2011, fueling competitive advantage in the market’s prestige beauty industry. In 2016, she helped realign the US business organization to enable brands to execute strategies with greater speed and focus. Breen has built on the company’s leadership in traditional retail by spearheading expansion into high-growth channels such as specialty-multi and freestanding stores in North America.

Previously Breen was president of the Americas for the Estée Lauder brand. In 2007, she was promoted to global brand president, Estée Lauder, a role in which she helped ignite the brand’s business acceleration in Asia. She has also held numerous leadership positions spanning many of the company’s other brands including Clinique, Aramis and Origins.

Since 2015, Breen has also served as chair of the Personal Care Products Council (PCPC), the leading national trade organization for the cosmetics and personal care products industry. She will continue to serve her current PCPC term through February 2018.

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