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New Avon LLC Names CEO

J. Scott White was with Abbott Labs

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By: Tom Branna

New Avon LLC Names CEO

Spring is a time of renewal for flora, fauna and aging cosmetics companies, too. New Avon LLC today announced the appointment of J. Scott White as chief executive officer, effective April 25, 2016.

He joins New Avon following its recent separation from Avon Products, Inc. and sale of majority ownership to Cerberus Capital Management, L.P. He will work closely with the New Avon and Cerberus teams to lead a transformation of the North American business through significant improvement in the representative and consumer experience, reinvigoration of the iconic Avon brand, and a rigorous focus on operational excellence, according to Cerberus.

“Scott is a world-class executive whose diverse experience leading successful business turnarounds, building strong brands, setting winning strategies, and driving operational excellence provides the unique skill set required to lead New Avon on a path to long-term success,” said Chan W. Galbato, chairman of New Avon's board of managers. “He is the right leader to shepherd New Avon as it transforms into a growing, contemporary, best-in-class social selling company that positively impacts lives through beauty.”

White joins New Avon from Abbott Laboratories, where he most recently served as president of Abbott Nutrition International, delivering consistent revenue growth for the company's $4 billion international nutrition business. During his 10-year tenure at Abbott, he held a number of leadership positions, including president of Abbott Nutrition North America. Prior to joining Abbott, White spent 15 years at Procter & Gamble Company, where he managed a variety of women's and health and wellness brands.

“I am excited and humbled to be joining this iconic company and to have the opportunity to work closely with, and for, our talented and dedicated representatives and associates,” said White. “Avon's powerful brand legacy, direct selling model, and important missions—empowering women, supporting incredible causes, such as the fights against breast cancer and domestic violence—are core tenets of this company that I am committed to building upon and strengthening. Over the next few months, I will be meeting with many of our representatives, listening to them and learning what New Avon and I can do to support them, improve their earnings opportunity and enhance their experience within our great Avon community.”

White holds a Master in Business Administration from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a Bachelor in Finance from Miami University of Ohio. He currently serves on the Business Advisory Council to the Farmer School of Business at Miami University.

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