By  on April 29, 2011

Joseph J. Campinell, president of L’Oréal USA’s Consumer Products Division, didn’t envision himself as a future beauty executive overseeing a multibillion-dollar business division of the largest beauty company in the world. Raised in the small town of Glens Falls, N.Y., as a teen he admitted to “stealing cigarettes” and hanging out with a crew that lent more to him possibly “landing in jail” than a corner office on Fifth Avenue. But, he finally outgrew his prevalence for mischief and, after attending Plattsburgh College and Syracuse University, he eventually catapulted himself to the top of the beauty industry.

That was more than 30 years ago and come summer, Campinell is set to retire from the company where he has spent the past 25 years, helping to transform L’Oréal’s mass market business and its various brands, including L’Oréal Paris, Maybelline, Garnier and SoftSheen-Carson.

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