Jane Lauder is an avid reader, and The Pillars of the Earth, by Ken Follett, is one of her all-time favorite books. The historical novel weaves an epic tale around the construction of England’s first Gothic cathedral. And just as its main character, Jack Builder, methodically builds the fictional Kingsbridge Cathedral stone by stone, so is Lauder herself me- ticulously laying the foundation for a leadership position in her family’s beauty em- pire, The Estée Lauder Cos. Inc.

The 38-year-old—who is the granddaughter of Estée and the daughter of Ronald and Jo Carole Lauder—has steadily worked her way up through the company’s ranks, starting as an account executive in sales at Clinique in 1996 and rising to her current position of global president and general manager of Origins and Ojon. While neither brand ranks among Lauder’s largest, both are critically important on multiple levels.

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