By  on October 4, 2011

It wasn’t an ordinary evening on the fund-raising circuit Monday when the American Jewish Committee honored Jean-Paul Agon, chairman and chief executive officer of L’Oréal, with its International Human Relations Award.

The event did raise $1.35 million — a record — while packing in a crowd of 600 people, another high-water mark. But the presentation at the New York Hilton hotel also served as one more occasion to — at least symbolically — pass the baton of leadership at L’Oréal, since the engraved award plate was presented to Agon by his predecessor and mentor, Sir Lindsay Owen-Jones, who retired on March 17 and became L’Oréal’s honorary chairman.

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