Stephane de la Faverie has been named global brand president of the Estée Lauder division at the Estée Lauder Cos. Inc., as one of four key appointments made by the beauty giant.
The others included Peter Jueptner as the successor to Ivan Fernandez, who plans to retire as president of the European, the Middle Eastern and African region. Nancy Mahon has been named senior vice president of global corporate citizenship and sustainability, as of Friday. Maria Cristina Gonzalez Noguera has returned to Lauder after a stint in the White House to fill a new role as senior vice president, global public affairs.
De la Faverie, whose appointment will take effect July 1, has been the global brand president of the Origins and Darphin divisions. The company cited his track record of building global brands while demonstrating an expertise across channels and product categories, “with a keen understanding of local relevance.” He was credited with leading Origin’s double-digit growth in China and strengthening its home base in markets like North America through retail initiatives. He also spearheaded Darphin’s position in the fast-growing oil market. Prior to taking over that position, de la Faverie played a key role in building the company’s fragrance portfolio as senior vice president and global general manager of Aramis and the Designer Fragrances division.
In his new position as head of the Lauder brand, de la Faverie is expected to build on the previous successes of Jane Hertzmark Hudis, who has since moved up to group president. The company said he is expected to strengthen Lauder’s venerable flagship brand while preparing for the next stage of its growth. He will continue to report to Hudis.
Fernandez, who is due to retire on Aug. 31, has been with Lauder for 25 years, stepping into his current position in 2008, when the role was created. The company cited his “commitment to growing the region’s profitability, evolving the regional business model and developing local talent.” His division has achieved “consistent growth ahead of the industry, ultimately becoming one of the company’s fastest-growing regions.”
Jueptner, who will succeed Fernandez on Sept. 1, has worked alongside Fabrizio Freda, Lauder’s president and chief executive officer, since 2009 as executive vice president of strategy, new business development and transformation initiatives. In addition to developing a corporate strategy which has produced what the company called “consistent top-line growth ahead of the prestige beauty industry,” Jueptner has overseen six acquisition since 2010, including the purchase of Smashbox. He will report to Cedric Prouve, group president international.
Mahon will continue to work on issues of corporate responsibility and philanthropy, as she has for a decade, while adding the area of sustainability. She also will continue to report to William P. Lauder, executive chairman.
Her past efforts have included building cause intiatives, such as the MAC AIDS Fund, the Jo Malone Garden Trust and Lauder’s “Good Works” matching program. Mahon also serves as the chair of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS, a position to which she was appointed by President Obama in 2011.
In her new role, Gonzalez Noguera is charged with strengthening Lauder’s public affairs and global government relations strategies around the globe, as well as building key relationships. From June 2013 to May 2015, she was special assistant to the President and director of communications for first lady Michelle Obama. Prior to that she was a vice president in corporate communication at Lauder. Her appointment will become effective July 1 and she will report to William P. Lauder and Fabrizio Freda.