By  on December 9, 2011

An avid race car fan, Sir Lindsay Owen-Jones, the honorary chairman of L’Oréal and recipient of this year’s WWD Beauty Inc Visionary Award, knows a thing or two about power and speed. During his 18-year run as chief executive officer, he built L’Oréal into the world’s biggest beauty company, posting double-digit profit growth for an unprecedented 21 years. Despite his success, the term visionary is one he eschews. “I’d like to be remembered as a brave soldier,” he told WWD’s executive editor of beauty, Pete Born, during a two-hour conversation in which he reminisced about his career. “I asked an awful lot of stuff from an awful lot of people, but I have some pride in thinking that nobody ever saw me as anything other than optimistic, competitive, combative, outgoing. If I had moments of doubt, I kept them to myself. I tried to lead from the front and show my team that we could do things and that we would do things.”

 

To Read the Full Article
SUBSCRIBE NOW

Tap into our Global Network

Of Industry Leaders and Designers

load comments
blog comments powered by Disqus