Chris Good has been elevated to group president, North America, at The Estée Lauder Cos. Inc. The move comes just over a year after he was named president of the region. Good, a 15-year Lauder veteran, was president of the U.K. and Ireland before assuming his current role, where net sales grew double digits on average in constant currency and online sales tripled during his five years.
The relatively fast promotion is a recognition of Good’s work in “reviving growth of the market with a number of brands gaining share in every major category,” a spokeswoman said. The company noted that his expertise in channel strategy, leveraging data analytics and building local relevancy have been catalysts in strengthening retail partnerships in North America.
The move also signals a commitment to Lauder’s home market, chief executive officer Fabrizio Freda said in a statement. “As our home market, with a competitive and fast-evolving prestige beauty landscape, North America remains a central part of our corporate strategy and an important engine for the company’s long-term sustainable growth.” Good, whose new title takes effect immediately, joins John Demsey, Jane Hertzmark Hudis and Cedric Prouvé as group presidents at the company.
In a related move, Claudia Benshimol has been promoted to senior vice president, general manager of Estée Lauder and Aerin Beauty, North America, effective Oct. 1. She will report to Good and Stéphane de la Faverie, global brand president of Estée Lauder. Benshimol, who most recently held the position of vice president, account management for the brands in North America, is a six-year veteran of Lauder who was previously at McKinsey & Co.