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L’Oréal Groupe Names New Chief Corporate Responsibility Officer

During Alexandra Palt's 12-year tenure, she introduced group transparency initiatives such as Product Impact Labelling and the EcoBeautyScore.

Alexandra Palt, L’Oréal’s Groupe’s longstanding chief corporate responsibility officer, will depart the beauty company on April 1. The company has tapped AB InBev executive Ezgi Barcenas as her successor.

Alexandra Palt
During her 12-year tenure as chief corporate responsibility officer, Palt’s leadership has had a profound impact across the group and wider industry, according to the beauty giant. She helped L’Oréal Groupe define and work towards ambitious targets to combat climate change and preserve biodiversity, while introducing group- and industry-wide transparency initiatives such as Product Impact Labelling (PIL) and the EcoBeautyScore.

In 2020, she launched L’Oréal for the Future, its operational roadmap for transforming the group’s business while respecting planetary boundaries and advocating for a just transition. Under her leadership, the L’Oréal Groupe earned a Triple “A” rating from the Carbon Disclosure Project (CPD) eight times in a row. Her pioneering vision has also helped L’Oréal Groupe expand its role in society through various philanthropic programs, most notably through the Fondation L’Oréal and its For Women in Sciences international awards program, as well as through the L’Oréal Fund for Women supporting grass-roots organizations fighting violence against women and promoting their empowerment worldwide.

Plat also launched two impact investing funds—the L’Oréal Fund for Nature Regeneration and the Circular Innovation Fund. Her personal commitment to a just and sustainable society made her a preferred partner to stakeholders around the world, according to L'Oréal, No. 2 in Happi's 2024 International Top 30 Report.

She joined L’Oréal Groupe as chief sustainability officer in 2013 and was nominated to the executive committee as chief corporate responsibility officer in 2019.

Palt will serve until June 30 as CEO of the Fondation L'Oréal and will then take a seat on the board of the Fondation L’Oréal.

Ezgi Barcenas

Barcenas was most recently chief sustainability officer at AB InBev. During her ten years at AB InBev, Barcenas established and ran the global sustainability function, having architected AB InBev's ambitious ‘net-zero by 2040’ ambitions. Ezgi oversaw the company's award-winning sustainability start-up program, 100+ Accelerator, now in its fifth year.

In addition Barcenas was recently named to Time magazine's TIME100 Climate list. She will join the group on March 1.

“I would like to thank Alexandra for her engagement, which over the past 12 years has triggered a profound transformation of L’Oréal’s economic and societal model, deeply integrated with planetary boundaries as defined by environmental sciences,” said Nicolas Hieronimus, CEO, L’Oréal Groupe.“Her courage, energy and vision have enabled L’Oréal to become a pioneering enterprise, expert at delivering positive economic and extra-financial performance.”

According to Hieronimus, hiring Barcenas is a “strong sign of L’Oréal’s reiterated commitment to its sustainability transformation and to social responsibility.”

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