Jane Hertzmark Hudis, who became global brand president of the Estée Lauder brand on July 1, was welcomed to her post July 15 with a celebratory lunch at Manhattan’s Le Bilboquet.
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“We’re here to celebrate an historic moment,” Hudis’ new boss, John Demsey, group president of the Estée Lauder Cos. Inc., told the intimate crowd of retailers, company executives and editors, which included Fabrizio Freda, president and chief executive officer of the Estée Lauder Cos.; chairman emeritus Leonard Lauder; senior corporate vice president Evelyn Lauder and Muriel Gonzalez of Macy’s Inc.
“Jane’s had a magnificent journey with the company,” said William Lauder, executive chairman of the Estée Lauder Cos., of Hudis’ 23-year tenure with the company, which has included stints at Origins, Donna Karan Cosmetics and Prescriptives, as well as founding and running the company’s entrepreneurial think tank, BeautyBank. “She has passion and commitment and we have complete confidence in her capabilities.”
An emotional Hudis thanked all of the Lauders — from Leonard, Evelyn and William to Ronald, Jo Carole, Jane and Aerin — for their contributions to her life. “I worked closely with Leonard, the best professor on the planet; I owe my marriage to Evelyn Lauder, and we also developed a lot of fragrances together; I worked with Jane at Origins and BeautyBank; I got to be Aerin’s boss and it’s great to have her now as my brand partner. I’m honored to be selected as part of the management team.”