By  on January 7, 2014

PARIS — Serge Rosinoer, credited with helping grow Groupe Clarins into a multinational, diversified beauty powerhouse, died Saturday at 81 at a hospital in Paris, confirmed Christian Courtin-Clarins, president of the company’s supervisory board.

The cause of death was cancer.

Courtin-Clarins said he considered Rosinoer to be like a “godfather.”

“His international experience was a big asset for the group,” he continued. “Together, we built the international team. It was a great experience working with him. [For him] the glass was always half full, and he had a lot of consideration for people.”

Rosinoer also helped develop the first Thierry Mugler fragrance — Angel — which remains a bestseller today, decades after its launch.

Rosinoer joined Clarins in 1978 as managing director and right-hand man to company founder Jacques Courtin-Clarins. When Clarins changed status upon going public in 1984, Rosinoer became its chief executive officer. In June 1998, he was appointed president of Clarins’ management board, then retired from the role in June 2000. Since that time he had been a member of the supervisory board and worked closely with Christian Courtin-Clarins.

“He always had good advice,” said Courtin-Clarins. “He was very sharp.”

Prior to Clarins, Rosinoer was ceo of Max Factor Europe, where he also had been president of the brand’s French subsidiary. Between 1955 and 1968, Rosinoer held a number of positions at Parfums Corday.

He served on the board at Inter Parfums Inc. as well.

Rosinoer is survived by his wife, two daughters and grandchildren.

A memorial service is scheduled for Monday at 2:30 p.m. at the Église Saint-Pierre in the Paris suburb of Neuilly-sur-Seine.

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