L’OREAL USA PROMOTES THREE
NEW YORK — L’Oreal USA promoted three executives this week. It named Chris Harrison senior vice president and general manager of Shu Uemura and, within its Maybelline/Garnier unit, elevated Karen Fondu to general manager for the U.S., and promoted Karen Bush to senior vice president of U.S. marketing.
In addition to her new role at Shu Uemura, Harrison will remain senior vice president and general manager of Biotherm. A 20-year Lancome veteran who took the helm at Biotherm two years ago, Harrison will continue to report to Luc Nadeau, president of L’Oreal USA’s Luxury Products group.
“There is a tremendous opportunity to grow Shu Uemura in the specialty store arena,” Nadeau said in a statement. “Chris’s experience in the prestige retail business will enable her to build the brand’s presence in this area.” Shu Uemura is sold in 77 doors, the bulk of which are specialty stores.
Fondu, who joined L’Oreal in 1979, most recently served as deputy general manager of Maybelline/Garnier. As general manager, she will continue to oversee Maybelline and focus on expanding Garnier.
Bush, who joined Maybelline early last year as vice president of marketing, will oversee hair care marketing for Garnier in her new post. Bush will report to Fondu, and Fondu will continue to report to Maybelline/Garnier president John Wendt.
Additionally, Preston Antonini has joined Lancome as field vice president for the West Coast. Antonini most recently served at Shiseido Cosmetics America, where he was general manager of the young brands division.