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Renaud de Lesquen to Exit L’Oréal

He has resigned from his position as president of YSL and designer brands.

PARIS — Renaud de Lesquen has resigned from his position as president of YSL and designer brands at L’Oréal.

Reached by phone on Monday, he had no comment regarding his next move.

De Lesquen began heading the French beauty giant’s designer brand division, which includes Viktor & Rolf, Stella McCartney, Maison Martin Margiela, Diesel and Cacharel, at the end of 2009. He took up the reins of YSL Beauté in 2008, after L’Oréal acquired the business from PPR earlier that year.

Prior to that, starting in 2004, de Lesquen was international brand president of Giorgio Armani Parfums and Cosmetics, and held the post of managing director of Helena Rubinstein in Japan.

No replacement has been named for de Lesquen at L’Oréal, according to a company spokeswoman.

De Lesquen was a long-standing force at L’Oréal’s Luxury division. Under his guidance, YSL, for instance, was a powerhouse. Its men’s scents helped boost the division’s sales in Western Europe during third quarter 2011, when the brand’s makeup product sales accelerated in North America. Also for YSL — among many other notable moves — de Lesquen signed on such high-profile faces as Kate Moss and Vincent Cassel.