NEW YORK — Patrick J. Choel has resigned as president and chief executive officer of Chesebrough-Pond’s USA to succeed Maurice Roger as the head of Parfums Christian Dior in Paris, according to reports circulating here Tuesday.
The reports say Mark Landry, Chesebrough’s chief financial officer, will be acting ceo until a successor is named. Choel reportedly will join Dior on May 1.
Chol could not be reached Tuesday for comment, and officials at the Dior subsidiary here said they had no knowledge of the situation.
Since September, the future of Roger, one of the most influential and creative figures on the worldwide fragrance scene, has been a subject of intense speculation after he went on a two-month sick leave.
His absence was attributed to an attack of inflammatory arthritis. But there were also persistent reports of friction between Roger and Bernard Arnault, chairman of parent LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton. Roger reportedly resented what he viewed as Arnault’s meddling in product development.
After Roger returned from his sick leave, reports of a split continued, with sources saying the Dior president had agreed to stay on through April to allow Arnault time to find a successor.

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