Michel Dallemagne has been named chief executive officer of Finnish skin-care company Lumene. He assumes his new post this week.

In this new role, Dallemagne will be responsible for accelerating the growth of the business internationally. At present, almost half of the company’s net sales are generated from its home market of Finland, and the remainder of sales come from Russia, Scandinavia and the U.S.

Dallemagne replaces Tapio Pajuharju,  who was Lumene’s ceo for 11 years. Pajuharju left Lumene in December and is now general manager at Hartwall Oy, Finland’s largest beverage company.

In a statement, the company said, “Michel is a very accomplished leader with a proven track record in creating significant business growth, turning around branded businesses, as well as building effective, global teams. He brings a wealth of experience in growing personal- and beauty-care brands internationally together with expertise in customer development, brand management and digital marketing.”

Most recently, Dallemagne was executive vice president of global hair care at Unilever, based in London. In this global role, he doubled Unilever’s hair-care business to 6 billion euros over a period of four years, partly through organic growth and partly via the acquisition of Alberto-Culver, Kalina, TIGI and the T&G franchise in retail doors. Key brands under his management at Unilever were TRESemmé, Dove hair, Clear, Suave MB and Lux hair.

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