Jean-Claude Le Grand

PARIS – L’Oréal has appointed Jean-Claude Le Grand as executive vice president human resources and member of the executive committee starting July 1.

He succeeds Jérôme Tixier in the role.

“Jérôme Tixier has reinvented the HR function by adapting it to today’s challenges in two strategic areas, which are individual performance and collective development,” said Jean-Paul Agon, L’Oréal chairman and chief executive officer, in a statement released on Thursday.

Tixier has helmed L’Oréal’s human resources functions for the past seven years during which time was launched the company’s Share & Care initiative, considered a pioneering program in social innovation.

The executive began his L’Oréal career as internal auditor, then became sales manager with Biotherm and administrative and finance director of the company’s Professional Products Division in France. Afterwards, he became general manager of Kérastase.

In 1993, Tixier started serving as human resources director for the Professional Products Division and in 1999 began in the same function for the Consumer Products Division. In 2007, Tixier became senior advisor to the chairman in manners involving the governance of L’Oréal.

Since 2011, Le Grand has been working with Tixier as director of international human resources development and corporate diversity. “He has excelled in his missions of detection, recruitment and development of L’Oréal’s talents in all countries and across all functions,” the company said in the statement.

Le Grand became part of L’Oréal’s Consumer Products Division in 1996 and then human resources director of the division in France. Four years later, he was named human resources director of the Active Cosmetics Division and international recruitment director for the group in 2002. Five years after that, Le Grand became head of human resources for the Consumer Products Division and created L’Oréal’s Diversity Department.

Since 2011, Le Grand has been charged with overseeing the group’s international development of human resources.

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