Sue Fox

LONDON — Estée Lauder veteran Sue Fox has been named senior vice president, general manager of The Estée Lauder companies in the U.K. and Ireland, WWD has learned.

She will take up the job on Jan. 1 and report to Cedric Prouvé, group president, international. She will also join the company’s global Executive Leadership Team.

An announcement is expected Friday.

Fox’s appointment follows the abrupt exit of Philippe Warnery in September. Warnery had recently been promoted to president of the U.K. and Ireland, which is the company’s third-largest market.

Fox has 25 years of experience within The Estée Lauder Cos., in several senior leadership roles and most recently in Japan, where as general manager she oversaw rapid growth in brick-and-mortar and online sales.

She previously led the travel retail EMEA business, based in London, and was head of the company’s South Africa affiliate for 10 years. She also held roles at the company’s Singapore affiliate and at its global headquarters in New York.

“Sue is a transformative leader possessing strategic global business acumen, proven track record and expertise to effectively navigate today’s shifting consumer and competitive landscape,” said Prouvé.

“In addition, Sue is a true steward of our company’s culture and values, making her ideally placed to lead the U.K. and Ireland business, one of our most important markets, into the future.”

In October, the company declined to comment on a report in British tabloid The Sun saying that Warnery, who had been with the company for more than a decade, had resigned due to inappropriate behavior in the workplace.

“We do not comment on rumors or speculation of any kind,” the company said last month.

“As a general matter, the Estée Lauder Cos. has a strict Code of Conduct that clearly requires all employees to conduct themselves in accordance with the company’s values and policies,” it said.

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