NEW YORK -- Calvin Klein Cosmetics has put Lynne Bonson in charge of its entire European operations as vice president and general manager, a new post.
Her promotion coincides with the departure of Ronald Rolleston, who has joined another division of the Anglo-Dutch Unilever, parent company of Klein Cosmetics.
Rolleston, who spent the last four years based in Paris as international vice president, has been named vice president of business development at Unilever Prestige Personal Products, based in New York. In doing so, he has rejoined forces with his old boss, Kim Delsing.
Delsing was president of Klein Cosmetics before being named head of Elizabeth Arden in July. At that time, she also became the new president and chief executive officer of the Unilever division, which oversees both the Klein and Arden subsidiaries.
Rolleston, who joined Calvin Klein in 1989 as a senior marketing director, engineered the company's entry into Europe. He oversaw some European countries, while Bonson, based in London, was responsible for others. Now Bonson will oversee all of Western Europe from the U.K. to Greece. She will continue to report to Paulanne Mancuso, who succeeded Delsing as president of Calvin Klein Cosmetics.
Bonson joined the company six years ago as a general manager who opened the U.K. office for Klein. As more countries came under her jurisdiction, she added the title of vice president, and she will now vacate the post of U.K. general manager.
Her previous experience in cosmetics consisted of eight years with Estée Lauder as a regional representative in the Central Southeastern U.S. and then three years as general manager for Parfums Stern in the U.K.
Succeeding Bonson as U.K. general manager is Sue Fabian, who was sales director. She joined the London-based affiliate at its inception in 1988 as an area manager.
Klein has been establishing itself in Europe by staging staggered launches of products picked from its stable of three men's and three women's fragrances. With the exception of the U.K., which now has all the fragrances, and France, the women's Escape will be launched in markets across Europe this fall, followed by Escape for Men in the spring.France, where the Obsession and Eternity fragrances already have been launched, will get both Escape scents next year.
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