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Louis Desazars Exits Shiseido, Group Confirms

The executive has left to focus on personal projects, the Japanese beauty company said.

PARIS — Louis Desazars has left Shiseido, the Japanese company said on Wednesday, confirming information that WWD published in an article dated Nov. 2.

The beauty giant said the executive left his role as president and chief executive officer of Shiseido Group EMEA, a position he had held since 2015, to focus on personal projects.

His successor will soon be named by Masahiko Uotani, president and group ceo of Shiseido Co. Ltd. In the meantime, Eric Henry, chief business officer of the Europe, Middle East and Africa region at Shiseido, will serve as interim president.

In a statement on Wednesday, the company lauded Desazars for having strongly contributed to the group’s success, notably in developing Beauté Prestige International — Shiseido’s designer fragrance division — in Europe and the U.S., and the “exceptional growth” of NARS while he headed up that brand out of New York.

Under Desazars’ lead of the EMEA region, he united the various parts of the group into “One Shiseido” and spearheaded the signing of the beauty license with Dolce & Gabbana.

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Shiseido underlined that the group’s ambition remains unchanged — to become among the top five prestige beauty players in the EMEA zone and to attain a 9 percent market share in perfume worldwide. The region is at the heart of the company’s growth and profitability strategy, called Vision 2020, Shiseido said.