NEW YORK — The Estée Lauder Cos. Inc. is expected to announce today four key executive appointments, two of them involving Jane Lauder and Jim Nevins, who have been named to vital roles on the new Clinique team.

In addition, Beth DiNardo, who has been senior vice president of global marketing at Clinique, is moving to the position of senior vice president and general manager of Rodan + Fields Worldwide and Darphin North America, succeeding Shashi Batra, who left the company. The fourth appointment is Julie Howard, formerly vice president of global product marketing at Clinique, who is moving to senior vice president of global marketing and brand development at the BeautyBank division of Lauder.

Howard, whose appointment is effective Sept. 1, will step into an enlarged role and assume the duties previously handled by Lauder, who is moving to Clinique as senior vice president of global product marketing, effective Aug. 1.

Lauder previously worked at Clinique, rising through a succession of sales and marketing jobs there, before joining the Stila division in 2001 as vice president of marketing, then moving on to BeautyBank in 2003 as vice president of marketing.

Nevins, who was named senior vice president and global creative director at Clinique, effective July 1, has also come home. He was Clinique’s senior vice president and creative director from 1992 to 1999. He then moved to Gap Inc. and returned to Clinique in 2001 to become a senior member of the brand’s creative team. Since 2003, he has directed creative development at BeautyBank, overseeing the division’s five brands. He will continue to play a creative role at BeautyBank, while also heading up the creative department at Clinique and reporting to Lynne Greene, Clinique’s global president.

While asserting that Nevins “has an intuitive understanding of the Clinique consumer,” Greene pointed out that he was the one responsible for the conceptual thinking and creative work on Clinique’s hit fragrance, Happy, nine years ago. She characterized his addition to the team as “very important.” Meanwhile, she also praised Lauder, whom Greene described as a smart, strategic thinker who “will bring a great deal to Clinique.”

In building her team, Greene said the Clinique mantra is to cherish the past while inventing the future, and she sees the Nevins and Lauder appointments as crucial to that mission. Giovanni Russo, a consultant who has worked as creative director at Clinique, will continue as a consultant with the division.

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Lauder said, “Lynne has put a great vision forward for the brand, and I am excited to be part of her team.”

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