REMY GOMEZ NAMED CHAIRMAN OF HERMES UNIT
PARIS — Remy Gomez has been named chairman of Comptoir Nouveau de la Parfumerie, the fragrance division of Hermes International.
He replaces Marie-Jeanne Chevellereau, who resigned at the end of September.
Gomez, 42, was managing director of Laboratoires Roc, a pharmacy brand owned by Johnson & Johnson, which he joined in 1992. Prior to that, he spent two years as president of Procter & Gamble’s toiletries subsidiary in Germany, preceded by six years as director of marketing for P&G in Italy.
Hermes’s perfume business has been a sore point at a company that has enjoyed strong sales and profit growth for the past two years. Last year, when many fragrance companies had healthy gains, Hermès perfumes lost $5.4 million (27.5 million francs) on sales of $41.4 million (210.9 million). Sales so far this year are flat with last year, the company said.