PARIS — Thibault Ponroy, a longstanding beauty executive with a wide-ranging career spanning various brands and retail, died here on Sunday at 58 years of age.
His specific cause of death — termed in Le Monde newspaper’s notice simply as an illness — was not disclosed.
“Thibault Ponroy was a curious and cultivated man, who had a magnificent experience in the universe of luxury and beauty — at Guerlain, Helena Rubinstein, but also Marionnaud,” stated William G. Koeberlé, president of the Fédération Française de la Parfumerie Sélective and the Fédération Européenne des Parfumeurs Détaillants, who succeeded the executive in his role at the FFPS.
“We regret the loss of this fine connoisseur of our universe,” continued Koeberlé, who also paid condolences to Ponroy’s family and collaborators.
In the death notice the executive’s colleagues at Centdegres Productions global design agency, which is focused on luxury and premium international brands, wrote: “We will miss you.”
Centdegres, as well, has posted a photo of the executive on its Facebook page and added the caption: “Thibault Ponroy: beloved father, grandfather, mentor. You touched all those around you. Thank you.”
Ponroy began working at Centdegres in 2009 and served as president of the FFPS between 2009 and 2010.
The executive was the international managing director of Marionnaud from 2002 to 2009, and chief executive officer of Guerlain between 1997 and 2002, according to his LinkedIn profile.
Prior to that, Ponroy held the position of general director of Europe for Helena Rubinstein between 1992 and 1995, was president of the RoC International and Neutrogena France units of Johnson and Johnson from 1995 to 1997 and acted as managing director France for Guerlain between 1987 and 1992.
He studied at Paris II Panthéon-Assas and at Rutgers University School of Law in Newark.
A service was held in memory of the executive Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the Église Saint-Jacques-du-Haut-Pas in Paris’ 5th arrondissement.