NEW YORK — Chris Salgardo, general manager of Shu Uemura USA, has been promoted to president of the U.S. division of the company.
“Chris has done an outstanding job building and leading the development of Shu Uemura,” stated Edgar Huber, president of L’Oreal’s Luxury Products Division. “Chris has been a dynamic leader and driver of the brand in the U.S., and I am confident that under Chris’ continued leadership the Shu Uemura business will continue to flourish and will play an extremely important role in the Luxury Products portfolio.”
Salgardo joined L’Oreal USA in 2000, first heading sales and education for Kiehl’s, then doing double duty as senior vice president of sales for both Kiehl’s and Shu Uemura. He was named general manager of Shu Uemura in April 2004.
L’Oreal USA acquired 35 percent of Shu Uemura in 2000 and currently has a 51 percent share in the company; the brand’s founder, Shu Uemura, retains the remaining 49 percent. The brand has just opened its second U.S. store, in San Francisco’s Pacific Heights neighborhood, and is also in the midst of expanding its U.S. specialty store distribution. Its store roster currently includes Neiman Marcus, Barneys New York, Saks Fifth Avenue and Bergdorf Goodman.