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Michelle Taylor Resigns as CEO of Kate Somerville

Her departure comes six months after the skin-care company was acquired by Unilever.

Michelle Taylor has resigned as chief executive officer of Kate Somerville Skincare Ltd. and will leave the company at the end of the year.

Unilever, which acquired the brand in May as part of its growing Prestige division, has not yet named a replacement.

“Michelle has been instrumental in building the KS brand,” said Vasiliki Petrou, Unilever’s senior vice president of Prestige Brands. “I would like to thank her for all her hard work, and wish her every success in the future.”

A veteran beauty executive who helped establish Indies like Frédéric Fekkai and Kiehl’s, Taylor was originally recruited to Kate Somerville by the private equity firm JH Partners when it acquired  50 percent of the facialist-founded skin-care line in 2007. She was named ceo in 2010.

During her tenure, Taylor oversaw the launch of Dermal Quench Liquid Lift, which has since become one of the company’s bestsellers, as well as Kate Somerville’s expansion into Asia.

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“It’s been an honor to work with Kate and help her grow the business over the last eight and a half years,” said Taylor. “I am confident that with Unilever’s support, the brand will go on to be a top-selling skin-care brand worldwide.”