NEW YORK —?Coty Inc. said earlier today that it has named George Cleary as president of Coty Beauty United States.

Cleary replaces John Galantic, who left the company to become U.S. chief operating officer of Chanel Inc. in November 2006. Cleary, formerly head of Johnson & Johnson’s customer and business development outside the U.S., will manage all Coty brands sold in broad distribution in the U.S and will also develop new business ventures and collaborations for the division. He will report to Hans Joachim Honigfort, president of Coty Beauty.

“The appointment of George Cleary as president of Coty Beauty United States brings promising opportunities to both the division and to the company,” said Honigfort in a statement. “Cleary’s proven success, best-in-class training and entrepreneurial-strengths will build upon Coty’s culture of faster, further, freer.”

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