NEW YORK — Clarins Group USA will undergo a reorganization Jan. 1 with the elevation of Eric Horowitz to the newly created post of president of the Clarins Brand Division and the creation of a Group Operations Division, while continuing with the...
NEW YORK — Clarins Group USA will undergo a reorganization Jan. 1 with the elevation of Eric Horowitz to the newly created post of president of the Clarins Brand Division and the creation of a Group Operations Division, while continuing with the Thierry Mugler Fragrance Division and the Clarins Fragrance Group.
The company will continue to be led by Joseph M. Horowitz as president and chief executive officer until he retires July 1 and slides into an advisory role. The reins of the American subsidiary will then be picked up by Christian Courtin, who will assume the president and ceo title in New York while continuing to run the worldwide company from Paris, where he is also president and ceo.
Meanwhile,Eric Horowitz will take charge of the Clarins Brand Division beginning Jan. 1. Eric, who is Joseph’s son, is now senior vice president of sales and retail services for the Clarins brand. Eric said that one of his first actions will be to promote Caroline Pieper-Vogt from vice president to senior vice president, marketing, for the division. The creation of a presidency, in part, is a reflection of the growing importance of the Clarins brand within the company.
In addition, Marc S. Rosenblum, now senior vice president of finance and operations, will become president of the newly created Group Operations Division. Joseph Horowitz said the creation of the division is a reflection of the job done by Rosenblum, who joined the company as controller in 1986.
Benjamin M. Gillikin, who has been with Clarins since 1993, will continue as president of the Thierry Mugler Fragrance Division.
In the Clarins Fragrance Group, another Horowitz, Bradley J., is being promoted from vice president to senior vice president of marketing. Bradley T. Mandler also is being promoted from vice president to senior vice president of sales.
Eric Horowitz said the Clarins brand has been growing at a double-digit rate for the last nine months, an achievement in a sluggish market. According to industry estimates, the Clarins brand does around 40 percent of the company’s volume.
Joseph Horowitz said Eric’s elevation to president of a new division is a reflection of the progress he has made since joining the company 17 years ago. “He lived the market, absorbed it and became a piece of it,” Horowitz said, in the process not only gaining the necessary skills but also acquiring “a clear vision of what Clarins stands for.” He is attuned and reliable, Horowitz said, “and shows increasing skill.”Horowitz, who repeatedly underscored the fact that he is not stepping down until July and then will remain at Christian Courtin’s elbow as an adviser, also asserted that Clarins is now positioned right for the market. It offers value and service, he maintains, rather than price, gimmickry and promotion.
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