Janet Cook

<B>Janet Cook to Retire at Estée Lauder</B><BR><BR>NEW YORK — Janet Cook, president of Estée Lauder North America, will retire this fall.<BR><BR>“Only in America could you start as a beauty adviser and end up as president of the...

Janet Cook to Retire at Estée Lauder

NEW YORK — Janet Cook, president of Estée Lauder North America, will retire this fall.

“Only in America could you start as a beauty adviser and end up as president of the brand,” said Cook in a telephone interview Wednesday, adding that her decision to retire in September was prompted by her desire to spend more time with her family. “I’ve had many amazing opportunities here, and I will miss everyone. But the family atmosphere of Lauder means you never really retire — you always stay connected to the people.”

Cook should know. She began her career at Lauder as a sales consultant for the Estée Lauder brand in 1965 and then became a Clinique beauty consultant in 1968, later becoming a beauty buyer for G. Fox before heading to the corporate side as a Clinique account executive in 1977. Since then, she has held a succession of jobs of increasing importance, including vice president and national sales manager of Aramis and senior vice president and general manager of Clinique International. She joined the Estée Lauder brand in 1998 as senior vice president of sales and education and was named to her current post in 2002.

“For over 25 years, Janet and I have traveled the world meeting with retailers and beauty advisers and building the business,” said Leonard Lauder, chairman of the parent company. “Her dedication, passion, leadership and good humor have enriched our company and all of us who have had the pleasure of working with her. We wish her all the best.”

“Janet has combined a world-class commercial expertise with an upbeat outlook and, most importantly, a caring concern for her retail partners and her colleagues around the world,” said Patrick Bousquet-Chavanne, group president of the Estée Lauder Cos., in a statement. “Janet’s generosity and passion epitomize what is best about our company. ”

Cook’s retirement will prompt several shifts in responsibility within the Lauder brand. Tom Malloy, in charge of the brand’s North American field organization, will continue to be the brand’s senior executive in charge of trade relations and business development. As senior vice president and national sales manager, Malloy will report to Bousquet-Chavanne. In the New York office, Malloy will gain two direct reports: Sandra Boccieri, vice president, retail sales development, and Steve Blanz, vice president, sales administration. Susan Flint, vice president of global education and development/sales conferences will continue to report to Mark Loomis, senior vice president and general manager of Estée Lauder International. And Daniel Annese, vice president of marketing, North America, who reported to Cook, will now report to Peter Lichtenthal, senior vice president of global marketing. — Julie Naughton

This story first appeared in the July 22, 2004 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

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