In addition, he will develop and strengthen Keune’s relationships with leading industry associations. He reports directly to Andrew Biazis, chief operating officer, Keune North America.
Ottinger’s multi-faceted career spans 40 years in the beauty industry as a senior sales and marketing executive, salon owner and hair stylist. He has developed creative brand partnerships with both regional and national chain salons, as well as with cosmetology schools, to build their bottom lines. He has also helped facilitate multiple acquisition and integration efforts.
Most recently, Ottinger was a strategic partner with Arium International, Inc., a start-up professional salon brand that grew into a million-dollar salon retail brand during his 20 months with the company. Prior to that, he served as president of sales for Macadamia Natural Oil, during which time he opened new distribution and salons throughout North America.
He has also created winning programs for salons and stylists as senior vice president of global sales for SEDU professional tools, vice president of international business for Nioxin International and vice president of national accounts for Sebastian International.
A licensed hair stylist, he developed a rich history in running the day-to-day business of salons as vice president of LaMarick Beauty System, a regional Southeast salon chain with more than 100 locations that was eventually sold to Regis.