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Sephora Americas Makes New Senior-Level Appointments

The company is adding key executives to the business.

Sephora Americas is making some major appointments before the end of the year.

Karalyn Smith, who joined the company on Dec. 6, has been appointed as senior vice president of human resources and a member of the company’s operating committee.

“As you know, this is a critical role in the company and has been a top priority for me,” said Calvin McDonald, president and chief executive officer of Sephora Americas, on Smith’s appointment in an internal announcement. “It was essential that we found someone who was a good culture fit for Sephora, an innovative leader, was passionate for beauty, and who understands the demands of a high-growth retail business.”

Smith joins Sephora from Best Buy, where she served as vice president of human resources and organizational effectiveness. She replaces Mary Herald, who retired from Sephora earlier this year, and Yvette Nichols, vice president of recruiting, who filled the role on an interim basis since Herald’s departure.

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Christophe Le Boterff also joins the company as senior vice president and chief financial officer. Le Boterff recently served as the chief financial officer at Benefit Cosmetics and has worked at brands like Céline and Givenchy. He will replace Alexis Rollier, who is now chief financial officer at Sephora Europe and Middle East in France.

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Joining Sephora in the late Nineties, Satish Malhotra has been promoted to the newly created position of chief operating officer of Sephora Americas. In the new role, Malhotra will continue overseeing supply chain and IT, and will continue to lead SiJCP. Previously, Malhotra served as executive vice president of LATAM, Canada and SiJCP.

“Satish began his career at Sephora in November of 1999, working as a finance manager for,” McDonald continued. “Since that time, Satish has been promoted to a series of roles. In his most recent role, Satish has proven his ability to be an engine of new growth outside of the U.S.”