Effective April 1, chief executive officer and president of Jurlique, Sam McKay, will step down and will be replaced by Mark Whyman.

According to the company, McKay will stay on for one year as adviser of the board of Jurlique International and the Pola Orbis Group, which purchased the skin care brand in 2011. McKay had been with the company for nine years and previously was chief commercial officer of Calvin Klein Inc. in New York.

“I care deeply about the brand and am very proud of it,” said McKay, who told WWD that he plans to spend time with his young family and hasn’t made any other business commitments thus far. “I look forward to seeing it continue to grow and continue to expand outside Asia.”

According to industry sources, December 2013 marked the 31st consecutive month of double digit growth on same month the year prior with full year sales up 20 percent, operating profit up 30 percent, led by Greater China, Duty Free and Australia.

“The Jurlique business continues to experience strong, profitable growth in all distribution channels and markets,” said Whyman. “We will continue to focus on our existing growth businesses as well as new business opportunities in ‘white space’ markets and further developing our organizational and operating capability.”