Changes at Estée Lauder as Clinique gets refocus and HR gets revamp


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Estée Lauder has announced new roles for Jourde (left) and O'Hare (right)
Estée Lauder has announced new roles for Jourde (left) and O'Hare (right)

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US beauty behemoth Estée Lauder has announced two organisational changes in its global human resources department and for the North American Clinique brand.

Michael O'Hare has been appointed Executive Vice President, Global Human Resources whilst Jean-Christophe Jourde has been promoted to the newly created position of Senior Vice President/General Manager for North America, Clinique.

Brand refocus

Over at Clinique, Jourde will be responsible for driving sales and market share growth for the brand in the North America region.

"​[Jourde] has a track record of success and the experience, passion and imagination to lead and accelerate Clinique's strategies in this region,"​ comments Ricardo Quintero, Senior Vice President, Global General Manager, Market Development.

Jourde is currently Vice President/General Manager for Clinique Europe, Middle East and Africa where he oversees 38 markets, playing a key role in refocusing the brand on its core values and unique proposition to regain market share in Western Europe while accelerating growth in Eastern Europe and the emerging markets.

Jourde was responsible for expanding the media, store design, visual merchandising, trade marketing, education, communications and consumer engagement capabilities of the brand in Europe, and it is hope he will have the same success in North America.

"I am thrilled to take on this new challenge and go to a region that I have an enormous respect for, especially as it relates to the entrepreneurial spirit, the vibrant retail landscape and the engaged consumer. The region is so diverse and my experience in making the brand relevant in EMEA in 38 countries will be invaluable,"​ says Jourde.

New face in HR

O'Hare joins Estée Lauder, succeeding the retiring Amy DiGeso, from Netherlands-based beverage company Heineken where for the last four years he served as Global Chief Human Resources Officer and a member of the executive committee.

Having also spent many years with Pepsico, Estée Lauder hopes his successful beverage background will be transferred to the cosmetics player.

"I am very pleased to welcome Michael to the Estée Lauder Companies family. I am confident that his multi-faceted HR background will play an important role to help our Company continue to build, develop and grow our number one asset, our people,"​ says William Lauder, executive chairman.

"Michael is a highly seasoned HR executive with broad global experience and an exceptional track record in building teams in new and emerging markets,"​ adds CEO Fabrizio Freda said. "His deep understanding of organizational alignment will be integral to the ongoing implementation of our corporate strategy, which is a key to our future success."

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