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Jean-Paul Agon Makes Key Appointments at L’Oreal

Geoff Skinsgley has been tapped for the new position of managing director of the Africa and Middle East zone.

Jean-Paul Agon, chairman and chief executive officer of the L’Oréal Group, made key appointments Tuesday to the group’s executive committee.

Geoff Skinsgley, formerly managing director of human resources for Paris-based L’Oréal, has been appointed to the new position of managing director of the Africa and Middle East zone. L’Oréal said the new position is part of the company’s strategy to accelerate its expansion in countries with “high population growth rates and significant long-term economic potential,” which in turn is part of its plan to acquire one billion new customers in the next 10 to 15 years. Skinsgley has been with L’Oréal since 1986, and has served as head of several of the group’s businesses and countries, including the U.K., India and the Netherlands.

Jerome Tixier will succeed Skinsgley as managing director, human resources. Tixier, who has been with L’Oréal since 1980, has held a variety of roles and was most recently adviser to the chairman, charged with linking with L’Oréal’s board on human resource and governance issues. Tixier will retain this role when he takes on his new human resources position. Both appointments are effective Oct. 1, and both executives will report to Agon.