By  on October 1, 2010

Karen Buglisi has been named global brand president of MAC Cosmetics.

Buglisi was most recently senior vice president and general manager of MAC, with oversight of the global sales, artist training and development and finance and forecasting areas. Her new position adds marketing and global communications to her list of responsibilities, and she will also work closely with the creative and product development teams.

In her new role, Buglisi will continue to report to John Demsey, group president of the Estée Lauder Cos. Inc. Demsey will continue to have direct responsibility for MAC’s creative, product development and charitable efforts, and he remains chairman of the MAC AIDS Fund.

Buglisi joined MAC in 1998 as vice president of North American sales and artist training and development, and in 2008 added international markets to her list of responsibilities. Demsey noted that under Buglisi’s leadership, MAC’s international business has seen double-digit growth. As well, he said, Buglisi has developed MAC’s makeup artist team to a worldwide count of 12,000 people.

Buglisi also helped develop MAC’s freestanding Times Square store, which Demsey said has become the brand’s largest unit in terms of average weekly retail sales. The store’s 60 staff members collectively speak nine languages.

In other news, MAC Cosmetics executive Jennifer Balbier has been named senior vice president of global product development for Artistry Brands at the Estée Lauder Cos.

In her new role, Balbier will oversee all product development for MAC Cosmetics, Bobbi Brown and Smashbox, and will continue to report to Demsey and Harvey Gedeon, executive vice president of global research and development and product innovation for the Estée Lauder Cos. Balbier’s most recent position at Lauder was senior vice president of global product development for MAC Cosmetics.

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