LAUDER HIRING: La Mer and Jo Malone of the Estée Lauder Cos. Inc. has hired Renee Slas to the position of senior vice president of sales and marketing in North America. In her new role, which goes into effect on Monday, Slas will be responsible for the strategic development and execution of North American retail sales, which includes all activities related to retail and partnered store locations, sales administration and education. She will report to Maureen Case, president of Specialty Brands for the Estée Lauder Cos. Previously, Slas served as vice president of sales and managed the U.S. Fragrance and Beauté business spanning the West Coast and North Central states.

JAFRA APPOINTS EXECS: Direct-sales company Jafra Cosmetics has appointed Connie Tang president and Janice Jackson senior vice president and chief marketing officer. Tang’s beauty industry résumé includes stints at Clinique, Lancôme and BeautiControl Cosmetics Inc., where she spent 13 years and was most recently vice president, special markets. Jackson began her career at The Boots Company LLC and Avon Products Inc. before moving on to Alticor and AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP. Jafra still has a vacancy in its chief executive position after Frank Mineo exited the firm earlier this year, but Jafra spokeswoman Norma Villegas said the company is actively searching for Mineo’s replacement.

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