Michael O’Hare a former Heineken executive, has joined the Estée Lauder Cos. Inc. as executive vice president of global human resources, succeeding Amy DiGeso, who will retire after almost a decade on the job.
O’Hare will report jointly to William P. Lauder, executive chairman, and Fabrizio Freda, president and chief executive officer, and he will assume his new position on Sept. 30. DiGeso will remain with Lauder as executive vice president and senior adviser to Lauder and Freda through June 30, 2014.
At the Netherlands-based Heineken N.V., O’Hare has been the global chief human resources officer for the last four years and a member of the executive committee. He spent the previous 13 years at PepsiCo, rising to the position of chief personnel officer and vice president for Asia-Pacific.
“I am confident that [O’Hare’s] multi-faceted h.r. background will play an important role to help our company continue to build, develop and grow our number one asset, our people,” Lauder said.
Freda added, “Michael is a highly seasoned h.r. executive with broad global experience and an exceptional track record in building teams in new and emerging markets. His deep understanding of organizational alignment will be integral to the ongoing implementation of our corporate strategy, which is a key to our future success.”