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Executive Leadership

Our team of senior executives is focused on strategically growing our business for the long term. They bring multinational talent, creativity and humanity to the leadership of our organization. In brief interviews below we offer a personal glimpse of our leaders.

William P. Lauder

William P. Lauder

Executive Chairman

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William P. Lauder

Executive Chairman

William P. Lauder, son of Leonard and Evelyn Lauder, and grandson of Estée and Joseph Lauder, became Executive Chairman and Chairman of the Board of Directors in 2009. During his previous five-year tenure as Chief Executive Officer, he expanded the Company’s international presence and distribution channels and greatly strengthened the brand portfolio. Mr. Lauder joined the company in 1986 as New York Regional Marketing Director for Clinique, eventually running its worldwide business. He led the creation of the Origins brand and its innovative store-within-a store concept as well as directing the company’s freestanding stores and Internet business. He is on the faculty of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he teaches “Decision Making in the Leadership Chair,” a course he designed for second-year MBA students.

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William P. Lauder

What excites you about coming to work each day?

First and foremost, it’s the people who work here — their commitment to our brands is palpable and energizing. It’s the intellectual challenge. It’s the competition. It’s the excitement of doing great for our consumers — helping people feel better about themselves, helping them unlock their own beauty.

Why is continuous learning important at The Estée Lauder Companies?

Learning is an integral part of our culture. We continuously ask ourselves: Is what we’re doing today going to be relevant to the consumer in the future? We insist that our leaders never stop exploring new ideas, and we expect that mind-set to trickle down throughout the company. We want employees to feel like they have permission to push the envelope and think differently, because we have to constantly reinvent ourselves. Ultimately no one individual has a monopoly on insight and brilliance. Innovation comes from every chair.

You’ve been championing the Company’s online/digital efforts from their inception. What were some of the smartest decisions the Company made in this arena?

When we turned on our first e-commerce site in 1996, it was controversial because our retail partners perceived it as a threat to their business. We understand now that our online presence enhances our overall business. The multichannel consumer is a far more valuable customer who spends more on our brands than the consumer who shops exclusively online or in store. The highest click rates on our websites are for the store locators. Many consumers still want to know where they can see, touch, feel and smell the product before they buy it.

What core capabilities will future leaders need to take the business to the next level of growth?

The technical skills companies need will almost certainly change, but the core capabilities needed for effective leadership — curiosity, adaptability, communication, imagination — will be the same. Leaders have to be bold and have the courage to try something new. This applies to their careers and to the business itself. I encourage young leaders to live in another country or region, to experience another culture — which pushes you to explore and learn.

Fabrizio Freda and William P. Lauder

What’s different about leading a family company versus a nonfamily company?

Leading a family company and being a member of that family is both a pressure and a privilege. In many ways, the stakes are higher in a family company because your name is on the door and you can’t just walk away if things go south. You are the keeper of the culture — it’s your responsibility to honor and respect the past without letting it hold the company back from its future potential. At the same time, there is a real advantage to leading a company that is focused on longevity and on generating long-term value. We practice what I call “patient capitalism” — we have a higher tolerance for long-term investments that yield greater returns 5, 10, 15 years into the future.

How do you maintain a family culture in such a large, spread out company?

Our definition of family goes beyond the family name — it is broader and more inclusive. It involves a sense of belonging. It’s about those human touches we put into our company that maintain an ethos that makes people feel they are welcome — because they are. We try to maintain a warmth and friendliness that is, hopefully, part of what most families are like, which makes everybody feel they’re a part of the family in one way, shape or form. It’s becoming a lost definition of family, but it still works for us.

What do you hope to accomplish by the end of your career? What do you want your leadership legacy to be?

The most important thing I want to do is to help set our company on a course for sustainable excellence and leadership in our sector that will last for many generations beyond the influence I might have as an individual. I hope that through the executives whose careers we’ve nurtured our company will continue to adapt and thrive while maintaining the value systems that have allowed us to get to where we are today — and those values endure for many generations to come.

What is your definition of beauty?

My definition of beauty is the tremendous diversity we have inside of our company. Diversity of our people, diversity of our brands, the diversity of our consumers and the diversity of their definition of beauty is what connects us all together with all of our brands.

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Fabrizio Freda

Fabrizio Freda

President and Chief Executive Officer

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Fabrizio Freda

President and Chief Executive Officer

Fabrizio Freda is President and Chief Executive Officer of The Estée Lauder Companies, the global leader in prestige beauty. He joined the company in March 2008 as President and Chief Operating Officer and assumed the CEO position in July 2009. As President and CEO, Mr. Freda is responsible for the company’s overall vision and strategy, financial objectives and investment priorities. He is also a member of the company’s Board of Directors. Under his leadership, the company’s multiple engines of growth have delivered record sales and enabled profitable growth. Mr. Freda is a strategically-focused, financially-disciplined, results-oriented leader with a proven track record in the consumer products industry. Prior to joining The Estée Lauder Companies, Mr. Freda had an impressive 20-year career at Procter & Gamble (P&G), where he was responsible for numerous operating, marketing and strategic efforts spanning different geographies and categories. He held positions of increasing responsibility in the Health and Beauty Care and Global Snacks divisions at P&G, with his last role as President, Global Snacks. Mr. Freda serves on both the Board of Directors of BlackRock Inc. and the Advisory Board of the Global Business Initiative at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. Mr. Freda has been presented with Italy’s Cavaliere del Lavoro by President Sergio Mattarella, and has been named to Barron’s exclusive list of the World’s Best CEO’s.

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Fabrizio Freda

What excites you about coming to work each day?

I come to work every day excited and happy to be here. And it’s because of the people, it’s because of the competitive spirits that we have, the creativity and innovation and new ideas, and frankly because of the intellectual challenge — it’s fantastic. There’s an amazing mix of historic strengths and future potential that fuels our efforts.

Can you explain the concept of “leadership from every chair?”

“Leadership from every chair” means leadership from each person in the company, even if they started yesterday. It is leadership that comes from engagement and participation, not from authority. It stems from our deep-rooted commitment to employee education and to developing future leaders. Providing employees the opportunity to continuously learn is extremely important to us and to the future of our organization. By listening to the unique perspectives of our employees we are better able to recognize and respond to the changing beauty needs of our global consumers.

Tell us about your leadership style.

I tend to lead by example. I really never ask people to do something that I’m not willing to do myself. I believe in setting a vision that reflects the Company’s market position and aspirations for future success. With a vision in place, we determine the results we want to generate 3, 5 and 10 years from now and we develop a strategy to get there. And then, we get to work. It’s a reverse engineering process versus a continuous improvement approach. We set the challenge at the beginning of the journey, and at the end, it’s important to acknowledge and thank everyone for what they’ve done to make it happen.

Why is luxury/prestige beauty a good business proposition?

Luxury cosmetics is a great industry, and it’s an exciting time to be a leader in this business. Prestige beauty is a large market — $100 billion and forecasted to grow by 4 to 5 percent in the next few years. And, it’s changing at a faster pace than ever before. We are witnessing a significant transformation in the world — much of which is led by women — and that is having an impact on the prestige beauty business. More women have joined the global workforce, and the growing 65+ population has more disposable income for use on luxury goods. And, with the rise of the millennial consumer, we’re seeing a revolution in where and how frequently women shop, requiring us to reimagine the retail experience.

Fabrizio Freda

How does the Company maintain relevance in a rapidly evolving global economy?

We recognize the diversity of the world we live in, and we understand the need to celebrate beauty, not standardize it. We create products, services and experiences that meet the specific needs of diverse consumers, and we aim to provide world class products that have local relevance in each market. To us, diversity is not a source of complexity but a gift of opportunity. With our multiple engines of growth across brands, demographics, geographies and channels, our capacity for creativity and innovation, and our ability to tailor products to meet the tastes of a highly diverse consumer base, I believe The Estée Lauder Companies is ideally positioned to succeed in this globalized, evolving world.

Describe what it is like to lead a company that has strong family leadership and family values.

I’ve worked for a number of global public companies — from mass to high-end luxury and prestige — and I can tell you that family businesses are the best. It’s a special advantage in the luxury space, because the authenticity and deep commitment to quality cannot be matched. Family companies are focused on and invest in the long term. They focus on the enduring success of the company. At our company, family values are embedded deeply in the culture. I feel privileged to serve as a nonfamily member CEO at The Estée Lauder Companies. Our success will always reflect the family’s passion, patience, obsession with quality, warmth, respect and commitment to be the best for generations to come.

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Roberto Canevari

Executive Vice President, Global Supply Chain

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Roberto Canevari

Executive Vice President, Global Supply Chain

Roberto Canevari was named Executive Vice President, Global Supply Chain in July 2021. In this role, he oversees The Estée Lauder Companies' Global Supply Chain operations, including end-to-end procurement, manufacturing, planning, quality assurance and logistics for the company’s diverse brand portfolio across all channels and geographies. Mr. Canevari is a dynamic and strategic leader who has led and transformed the supply chain organizations of several global, luxury and brand-led companies. Prior to joining The Estée Lauder Companies, he served as Executive Vice President of Supply Chain, Europe, at Unilever PLC where he oversaw end-to-end supply chain operations for the company’s European business. In addition to being a highly experienced and innovative expert in his field, Mr. Canevari has a deep passion for driving an organization’s culture and values.

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John Demsey

Executive Group President

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John Demsey

Executive Group President

As Executive Group President, John Demsey oversees a wide portfolio of brands, including M·A·C, Clinique, BECCA, Too Faced, Smashbox, GLAMGLOW and TOM FORD BEAUTY. 

In addition to his brand portfolio, Mr. Demsey leads the company’s enterprise-wide Creative Organization, and oversees the Creative Center of Excellence, focused on the ongoing advancement of creative capabilities and talent across the company. Prior to his current role, Mr. Demsey served as Group President for 10 years, leading several brands to unparalleled growth. He is regarded as a creative visionary, strategic thinker and brand builder with a unique talent for communicating brand authority and respecting brand heritage while cultivating growth. He has a wealth of experience in the prestige beauty and luxury retail industries and is active in several AIDS and health-related organizations. Notably, he also serves as Chairman of the M·A·C AIDS Fund, which has raised more than $500 million to date in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

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What is your definition of beauty?

My definition of beauty is the aspiration to be the best that you can be.

Why is the Company a good training ground for tomorrow’s business leaders?

This is an amazing company with amazing brands and, quite honestly, ground-up opportunities to learn all the disciplines of brand development and stewardship in a complex consumer marketplace. At a very early stage in your career, your exposure to the business and your impact can be measured directly. You can make a contribution early on.

What does a typical day look like for you?

A typical day is never typical. What I love most about working at Estée Lauder is the multitude of different things that I get to touch and the honor to be inspired and shape the development of brands.

You are revered inside and outside the industry as a brand builder. How do you foresee new trends and brands on the horizon?

The older you get, the more young people you need to have at your side. I have a personal technique, that wherever I go around the world, I go into my hotel room, I have a stack of local paparazzi magazines, fashion magazines, and I turn on the local music television. I then try to explore the world through a local person’s eyes, pay attention to all the cultural nuances, and get a feel for what the vibe is all about.

From your experience, where do good ideas come from?

The answer is always in the room. It’s my motto in business and in life. Whatever task or business challenge I’ve ever faced, the answer for the future lies a great deal in what has happened, in the present and the past. That’s my number one belief. The answer is always in the room.

Talk to us about your new role as head of the Company’s Center of Excellence for Creative?

I love and respect the creative process. Creativity is at the core of everything that we do. Great brands are created by great ideas and concepts. It’s my personal mission to nurture and respect this every day.

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Carl Haney

Carl Haney

Executive Vice President, Research, Product and Innovation Officer

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Carl Haney

Executive Vice President, Research, Product and Innovation Officer

Carl Haney is Executive Vice President, Research, Product and Innovation Officer. In this role, he leads and oversees the company’s scientists, product development leaders, and innovation centers around the world. He also serves as Chair of ELC’s Global Crisis Leadership Team and is responsible for overseeing the company’s planning and response for all emerging issues, issues and crises globally. Mr. Haney, a global leader in the R&D and Innovation industries, joined The Estée Lauder Companies in 2012 after more than 25 years at Procter & Gamble (P&G). During his tenure at P&G, Mr. Haney held numerous leadership positions around the world in the Home, Health, Grooming and Beauty categories, including Vice President, R&D, Male Grooming, Gillette, Braun and Devices, where he led teams across innovation, product, packaging, process development and engineering.

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How do you describe your job to someone outside the company?

I have broad responsibilities to deliver innovation, creativity, product, packaging, and ideas to grow this company. The way I explain that to my children is that my job is to make people to look and feel beautiful, more confident, and empowered. And it’s not just about products. It’s about creating the future. My kids always want to know how my day was, and my son always asks: “Did you invent anything today?” That simple question is what matters to me.

What drew you to work for The Estée Lauder Companies?

I joined The Estée Lauder Companies to work on innovation, technology, creativity, ideas and imagination. The Company has a culture of strong family values and that culture also allows me and my team to be ourselves and work side by side with others on ideas.

What excites you about coming to work each day?

My days are unpredictable, which means they are exciting, fun and challenging. We are working on extraordinary things, managing almost incomprehensible complexity, but that doesn’t mean it needs to be complicated. I can get a lot of work done informally as well as in formal meetings. And finally, I just love the people I work for, the people I work with, and the teams that I help lead across a broad area.

Why is The Estée Lauder Companies a good training ground for tomorrow’s business leaders?

The diversity of experiences and opportunities makes this company a great training ground. Someone can be working on strategy one day, and then they’re working on a brand. You have someone in corporate innovation — who then works on the launch of a line of 120 products. Being able to tackle the most difficult problems in the industry and succeed at them, while adapting to change, is an exceptional experience.

What is the most inspiring aspect of the R&D world right now? Based on your experience, where does the best inspiration or innovation come from?

I define R&D very broadly, not only in terms of science and molecules. Personally, I’m inspired by our people — the people that work for me and the people I’m surrounded by. From an R&D perspective, I’m inspired by what is taking place in Silicon Valley, in Boston, in Tel Aviv, in London, in Korea.

What is your definition of beauty?

I think beauty is an attitude, a mindset. Beauty is powerful. It’s empowering, and it empowers. As a scientist at The Estée Lauder Companies, I work to deliver on the promise — to meet individual beauty needs — regardless of who you are, where you are or how old you are.

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Jane Hertzmark Hudis

Jane Hertzmark Hudis

Executive Group President

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Jane Hertzmark Hudis

Executive Group President

Jane Hertzmark Hudis is Executive Group President, The Estée Lauder Companies, a global leader in prestige beauty with over 25 brands. As Executive Group President, Ms. Hertzmark Hudis is responsible for leading the company’s Estée Lauder, La Mer, Bobbi Brown, AERIN, Origins, Aveda, Bumble and bumble and Dr.Jart+ brands globally. She serves on the Executive Leadership Team, is an Executive Officer of the company, serves on the Investment Development Committee, and reports directly to Fabrizio Freda, President and Chief Executive Officer. 

As one of the most accomplished, visionary executives in the prestige beauty industry, Ms. Hertzmark Hudis is regarded for her proven track record of leading and building global brands. Throughout her career, Ms. Hertzmark Hudis has made a significant impact leveraging her brand-building expertise, spearheading the elevation of marketing and talent, and leading her portfolio of brands to achieve outstanding broad-based growth across categories, regions and channels. A passionate advocate of leadership development and inclusion and diversity throughout her career, Ms. Hertzmark Hudis co-founded ELC’s Women’s Leadership Network in 2017 to inspire and engage women across the organization, helping them become exceptional leaders and mentors.

Ms. Hertzmark Hudis has been widely recognized by many best-in-class organizations. She serves as a Director on the Board of the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) Foundation and is an honorary member of FIT's Executive Committee of the Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing and Management Graduate Program. She also serves on the Advisory Board of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. In 2021, Ms. Hertzmark Hudis was named among Fairchild Media Group’s “50 Most Powerful Women” and over the course of her impressive career she has been a recipient of numerous honors, including the FIT Vanguard Award in 2018, the WWD Beauty Inc. Beauty Newsmaker Award in 2016, as well as the Cosmetic Executive Women (CEW) Achiever Award in 2008.

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What is your definition of beauty?

Beauty is happiness.

What drew you to work for The Estée Lauder Companies?

I was drawn to work for the Company because it was founded by a woman, Mrs. Estée Lauder. I felt this would be an extraordinary place for me, for a woman, to build my career. And it proved to be true. I love what I do, and I feel extraordinarily fulfilled by my work. I’m growing and learning every day. It’s an honor to work on such extraordinary prestige brands with the most amazing, creative and talented people in the industry.

Why is the Company a good training ground for tomorrow’s business leaders?

We are a company that recognizes people’s talents. As a learning organization, you have the ability to try new things all the time. We have one of the most extraordinary and diverse portfolios of prestige brands, and our employees have the ability to move between brands or within functions, or to move within regions to get the best business education you possibly can while building your career. It’s also a compelling culture — an incredible combination of a warm family company with the discipline and performance metrics of one of the most successful companies in this industry. All told, I think that makes us a fantastic training ground.

What was the best professional advice you ever received?

Leonard Lauder told me to always hire people who are smarter than you are.

What does a typical day look like for you?

You never know what time it is, and you’re never bored. Stimulating meetings. The breadth of topics and issues that are covered and discussed throughout a day is enormous. We work hard morning until night, but I will tell you it’s always exciting, always creative, always fun, always inspiring.

From your experience, where do good ideas come from?

From my experience, good ideas come from anywhere. We have a philosophy in this company about leadership from every chair, from the most junior to the most senior people, from every department. Great ideas come from everywhere. The key is to always be open to listening and learning from new people.

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Jane Lauder

Jane Lauder

Executive Vice President, Enterprise Marketing and Chief Data Officer

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Jane Lauder

Executive Vice President, Enterprise Marketing and Chief Data Officer

Jane Lauder, Executive Vice President, Enterprise Marketing and Chief Data Officer, The Estée Lauder Companies, is a leading voice in the beauty industry, including more than 23 years at The Estée Lauder Companies. As a leader of The Estée Lauder Companies’ enterprise-wise efforts to combine data-driven insights with creativity, Ms. Lauder leads the company-wide strategy to leverage business insights and analytics to build digitally-directed priorities to accelerate growth.

Reporting to Fabrizio Freda, President and CEO of The Estée Lauder Companies, Ms. Lauder leads global and regional corporate marketing, consumer and product marketing insights, global consumer care and marketing planning, and advertising and promotion effectiveness. This includes enhancing the integration of cross-channel data to drive personalized marketing and omnichannel activation, as well as leading The Estée Lauder Companies’ enterprise-wide data and analytics transformation program.

Prior to her role as EVP, Enterprise Marketing and Chief Data Officer, The Estée Lauder Companies, Ms. Lauder was Global Brand President, Clinique (2014 – 2019). During her tenure, Ms. Lauder led the transformation of brand strategy, distribution, product innovation and consumer reach, positioning Clinique for strong long-term growth. Under Ms. Lauder’s leadership, Clinique fundamentally shifted nearly one-third of product revenue from low-growth distribution channels to high-growth channels and tripled Clinique’s online business. Ms. Lauder oversaw the development of product innovations including Moisture Surge™ 72-Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator and Clinique iD™ and technology innovations with Clinique Clinical Reality™ to strengthen the brands skin care position in clinical efficacy and high-touch services and personalization.

Prior to that, Ms. Lauder was the Brand President for the Origins, Ojon and Darphin brands (2008 – 2014). Under her leadership, Origins, a high-performance, natural skin care brand, grew and expanded globally. She was the vision and guiding force behind the launch of the brand’s greatest success story, Plantscription™ Serum. In 2010, Ms. Lauder’s portfolio of brands grew with the addition of Ojon, and in 2013, botanical skin care brand, Darphin, which is a leading pharmacy and professional high-end skin care brand that offers excellence in efficacy and sensorial experience.

Ms. Lauder served as Senior Vice President, Global Marketing Clinique (2006 – 2008). In this role, she led the brand’s overall strategic marketing and positioning as well as product, category, market and channel expansion.

Prior to Clinique, she spearheaded the creation and launch of the American Beauty and Flirt! brands as Vice President of Marketing BeautyBank, and oversaw the positioning, product development and creative direction for both brands.

Ms. Lauder has been a member of the Board of Directors of The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. since July 2009. Currently, Ms. Lauder sits on the Board of Directors of Eventbrite, as well as the Board of Trustees for the New York Public Library and the Board of Directors of the Friends of the High Line in New York City.

Ms. Lauder graduated from Stanford University and currently resides in New York City. She is the granddaughter of the Founder and namesake of The Estée Lauder Companies and the daughter of Ronald S. Lauder, Chairman, Clinique Laboratories, LLC.

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Leonard A. Lauder

Leonard A. Lauder

Chairman Emeritus

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Leonard A. Lauder

Chairman Emeritus

Leonard A. Lauder is Chairman Emeritus of The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. and is currently the senior member of its Board of Directors.

A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, Mr. Lauder also studied at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business and served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy. He formally joined the Company in 1958, when it had annual sales of $800,000. Mr. Lauder consistently developed and implemented innovative sales and marketing programs and increased the Company’s sales and profits. He created its first research and development laboratory and brought in professional management on every level. He also initiated The Estée Lauder Companies’ international expansion, which began in 1960 with the opening of the Estée Lauder account at Harrods in London.

Mr. Lauder served as President of The Estée Lauder Companies from 1972 to 1995 and as Chief Executive Officer from 1982 to 1999. He added the title of Chairman in 1995 and served as Chairman through June 2009. Under his leadership, the Company launched many brands, including Aramis, Clinique, Lab Series and Origins. Beginning in the mid-1990s, the company also began expanding through acquisitions, including Aveda, Bobbi Brown, Jo Malone London, La Mer and M·A·C.

In addition to his activities with The Estée Lauder Companies, Mr. Lauder is extremely involved in the worlds of education, art, politics and philanthropy. He is Emeritus Trustee of the University of Pennsylvania and a founding member of the Board of Governors of its Joseph H. Lauder Institute of Management and International Studies. Mr. Lauder became a Trustee of the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City in 1977 and currently serves as its Chairman Emeritus. He is Co-Founder and Co-Chairman of the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation; Co-Chairman of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation Board of Directors; a member of the Council on Foreign Relations; Chairman Emeritus and Lifetime Trustee of the Aspen Institute Board of Directors, as well as former Chairman of the Aspen Institute International Committee; and a member of the President’s Council of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Hospital. Mr. Lauder served on the Advisory Committee for Trade Negotiations under President Ronald Reagan. Among his honors, he has been named an Officier de la Légion d’Honneur by France and recognized by the U.S. Navy Supply Corps Foundation with its Distinguished Alumni Award. The Lauder family received the esteemed 2011 Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy in recognition of its long-standing commitment to philanthropy and public service. Mr. Lauder was the 2013 recipient of the Palazzo Strozzi Renaissance Man of the Year Award. Most recently, he was named a 2014 Living Landmark by the New York Landmarks Conservancy.

Mr. Lauder was married to Evelyn H. Lauder (Senior Corporate Vice President for The Estée Lauder Companies Inc.) from 1959 until she passed away in 2011. They had two sons together, William (Executive Chairman, The Estée Lauder Companies) and Gary (Managing Partner, Lauder Partners LLC), and five grandchildren.

On January 1, 2015, Mr. Lauder married Judy Glickman Lauder, an internationally recognized philanthropist and photographer whose work is represented in more than 300 public and private collections including the J. Paul Getty Museum and the Whitney Museum of American Art.

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Ronald S. Lauder

Ronald S. Lauder

Chairman, Clinique Laboratories, LLC

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Ronald S. Lauder

Chairman, Clinique Laboratories, LLC

Ronald S. Lauder is the younger son of Estée and Joseph Lauder and, like his brother, Leonard, learned the family business at the dinner table. He formally joined the company in 1964, beginning his career in the Oevel, Belgium factory. His executive roles began when he became General Manager of Clinique Laboratories in 1985, and he has served as Chairman since 1994. Mr. Lauder was instrumental in the creation of Prescriptives and served as Chairman of Estee Lauder International from 1992 to 2002. He also served as a member of The Estée Lauder Companies’ Board of Directors from 1968 to 1986 and 1988 to 2009. He was re-elected to the Board in November 2016.

In 1983, Mr. Lauder took a leave from The Estée Lauder Companies to serve in the U.S. Pentagon as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for European and NATO Affairs. In 1986, he was appointed Ambassador to Austria by President Ronald Reagan. Upon his return from Vienna in 1987, he established the Ronald S. Lauder Foundation, which now has 35 Jewish schools, kindergartens and summer camps throughout 15 countries in Eastern Europe. Over 7,500 children attend these schools today, and 2,500 children attend the summer camps. Over the years, the Foundation has educated more than 30,000 children in a region that was devoid of Jewish scholarship and has helped build thriving Jewish communities throughout this area. Mr. Lauder also created an International Student Exchange Program between Jewish high school students in New York and Vienna.

In addition to his international interests, Mr. Lauder has long been committed to civic causes and public policy issues at home. A political activist on the state and national level, he was a contender for Mayor of New York City in 1989.

In June 2007, Mr. Lauder was elected to lead the World Jewish Congress, and has served as the organization’s President ever since. In this capacity, Mr. Lauder meets with heads of countries, diplomats and religious leaders, representing Jewish communities in 100 countries around the world.

In February of 1999, Mr. Lauder was elected Chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations. His selection by the Conference followed his election in 1997 as President of the Jewish National Fund of which he now serves as Chairman.

Mr. Lauder also serves as Chairman of the International Public Committee of the World Jewish Restitution Organization; Chairman of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation Committee; Chairman of the Jewish Heritage Council; Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Sakharov Archives at Brandeis University; Director of the International Board of Governors of the International Society for Yad Vashem; and is a member of the United States Holocaust Memorial Council, the Board of Directors of the Jewish Theological Seminary; the Board of Directors of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee; the Board of Trustees of the Anti-Defamation League Foundation; the International Auschwitz Council; and the International Board of Governors of the Tel Aviv Museum.

Mr. Lauder is the Founder and Chairman of the New York based Water Holding Group RWL Water, LLC, an international water company. He is also Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Joseph H. Lauder Institute of Management and International Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. In 1998, Mr. Lauder co-founded the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation together with his brother, Leonard A. Lauder. They serve together as co-Chairmen of the Foundation.

A renowned art collector, Mr. Lauder has established one of the world’s greatest private collections. He was Chairman of the Museum of Modern Art from 1995 to 2005 and now serves as the museum’s Honorary Chairman. In 2001, he established the Neue Galerie New York, of which he is President. The museum is dedicated to German and Austrian art. Mr. Lauder established the Commission for Art Recovery in 1997, which advocates and fights for the recovery of Nazi looted art.

Among his honors, Mr. Lauder received the International Emmy Directorate Award by the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in 2006. He received, together with his wife, Jo Carole Lauder, the Andrew Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy in 2011, and in 2013, Mr. Lauder was named an Officier de la Légion d’Honneur by President Hollande of France. He was decorated with Germany’s highest honor, the Commander’s Cross of the Order of Merit, in 2015 and was awarded the Guardian of Zion prize by the Ingeborg Rennert Center for Jerusalem Studies at Bar Ilan University in 2016. Mr. Lauder also received honorary doctoral degrees from Ben Gurion University in 2009 and from Yeshiva University in 2011.

Mr. Lauder was born on February 26, 1944. He graduated from the Bronx High School of Science in New York and holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Business from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He studied at the University of Paris and received a Certificate in International Business from the University of Brussels. Mr. Lauder married Jo Carole Knopf in July of 1967. They have two children and two grandchildren. The family resides in New York City.

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Sara E. Moss

Sara Moss

Vice Chairman

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Sara Moss

Vice Chairman

Sara Moss is Vice Chairman of The Estée Lauder Companies. In her role, Ms. Moss serves as a senior advisor to the Board of Directors, Executive Management and the Lauder Family. She is a leader of the Sustainability Executive Committee. She co-leads the Women’s Leadership Network (WLN) and works collaboratively with senior leaders and others across the organization to drive the company’s Women’s Leadership initiatives and Governance pillars. Ms. Moss previously served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel at The Estée Lauder Companies for 16 years, where she was responsible for the company’s worldwide Legal and Global Security Functions. Before joining the company, Ms. Moss was Senior Vice President and General Counsel at Pitney Bowes Inc. Prior to that, she held legal leadership roles in the public and private sectors. Ms. Moss was a law clerk to the Honorable Constance Baker Motley, U.S. District Judge in the Southern District of New York. She then served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York. She was a litigator at Davis Polk & Wardwell and then litigation partner at Howard, Darby & Levin (now Covington & Burling). She established the Sara Moss Women’s Leadership Program at NYU Law School and serves on the NYU Law School Board and other distinguished boards. She has been recognized with many honors, including the New York Law Journal Lifetime Achievement Award, the Legal Aid Society Servant of Justice Award, the Chambers Outstanding In-House Lawyer of the Year Award, the NOW Legal Defense and Education “Aiming High” Award, and the NYU Outstanding Alumna Award.

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What drew you to work for The Estée Lauder Companies?

I was drawn to the Company by its reputation and integrity, the quality of our people and products and the challenges and opportunities of a global public company. Also, The Breast Cancer Campaign resonated deeply with me. Evelyn Lauder’s commitment was, in many ways, the icing on the cake.

How would you describe the Company’s culture?

I think we have a unique and very special blend of family values and public company values. The culture here is very strong with regard to quality, high performance, collaboration, and caring about each other.

Work-life balance is an evergreen topic when it comes to women in the workplace. What is your philosophy on work-life balance and what is your best advice for women in the workplace today?

My best advice is to figure out what is important to you and align your work and life to make that happen. Structure your life to include work and personal time in a balance that is right for you. Every person is responsible for his or her own happiness and success.

What do you love most about your role at the Company?

I love when I work with a team to solve difficult problems. An enormous value that lawyers bring is to “connect the dots.” Being involved in so many aspects of the business enables me to see many of the dots, and to connect them in a way that can contribute to our success — that is fun for me.

Reflecting on your career, what are the most important lessons you have learned?

The most important lesson is to take risks. There were key moments in my career where I took risks, and those have led to the greatest jobs of my career. Take risks and go for it. The other important lesson — which is what I tell my children — is “what goes around comes around.” You earn a personal reputation, as a company does, based on the commitments that you’ve kept and your integrity. If you’ve done it the right way, that grows over time, as it should.

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Michael O'Hare

Michael O'Hare

Executive Vice President, Global Human Resources

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Michael O'Hare

Executive Vice President, Global Human Resources

Michael O'Hare is Executive Vice President, Global Human Resources, a position he assumed in September 2013. He oversees a global network of Human Resources professionals and works closely with all business operations. Mr. O'Hare leads employee recruitment, retention, compensation, and development. He has more than 20 years of experience directing and guiding teams around the world, including serving as Global Chief Human Resources Officer for Heineken N.V., and as Chief Personnel Officer/Vice President for Asia Pacific at PepsiCo Inc. Born in Northern Ireland, he has lived and worked in Europe, the United States and Asia.

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How would you describe your talent philosophy?

My talent philosophy is centered on themes of transparency and fluidity. As we recruit talent, it’s critical to make it clear what the work is, and what our culture is all about. Once in the job, employees need to understand what is expected from them in their role, and which competency skills they need to develop to get to the next level — both from a technical and a leadership perspective. Finally, it is paramount to have a mechanism for movement of talent across brands and geographies, to facilitate the building of experiences. At The Estée Lauder Companies we are creating talent road maps that are not your traditional pyramids. There are many side roads vs. straight roads — which is more like tech or start-up companies.

What are the unexpected benefits of working here?

This company is very collaborative and inclusive, with a high level of in-house creativity. We have the left brain and the right brain; the linear and the nonlinear. We’re a collection of people with different backgrounds and different experiences. And, as some brands are growing by 20 percent to 30 percent a year, we are not in a steady state, like you’ll find with traditional consumer brands.

Another unexpected benefit is the high level of focus on ongoing learning and education at the Company, which stems from time-honored commitments from Leonard A. Lauder and William P. Lauder. The Lauder family values permeate the organization and, as a result, there is a huge amount of heart within the Company. This is evident in our philanthropic efforts and beyond. People care about each other.

Why is the Company a good training ground for tomorrow’s business leaders?

Anyone coming into this organization will be exposed to a multitude of global issues, from geographic expansion to channel differentiation, from new acquisition of brands to exponential growth of current brands. Based on the way the organization is growing and developing, business leaders are going to find themselves in situations they’ve never been in before. Even very seasoned leaders will see things in ways they haven’t seen before. Fundamental changes in our business are demanding that our people relearn and develop new competencies in areas like digital marketing and online sales and in the operation of freestanding retail stores. The on-the-job training component for us is huge.

What is the most meaningful or inspiring aspect of your role?

By virtue of leading people and through the creation of certain policies and processes, I can make the work around here a little better, more interesting, more meaningful. It’s not just about getting people paid or providing health benefits. In my role you have the ability to help people find purpose in their work. It’s exciting to implement impactful training programs that help develop great leaders, to create incentive plans that recognize and reward great performance. In many ways, I control quite a few of these levers.

What is your definition of beauty?

It’s not about the aesthetic; it’s about how it makes you feel. Through our products we sell a bit of a dream, a little guilty pleasure, a bit of “me” time.

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Cedric Prouvé

Cedric Prouvé

Group President, International

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Cedric Prouvé

Group President, International

Cedric Prouvé is Group President, International, a role he assumed in January 2003. He is responsible for sales and profits in all markets outside of North America and all sales affiliate and distributor relationships worldwide, and he oversees the Company’s Travel Retail business as well. Mr. Prouvé joined the Company in 1994 after nine years with the L’Oréal Group. Previously, as President and General Manager of the Japanese affiliate, he led the Company’s efforts to meet the challenges of the rapidly changing Japanese cosmetics market. Mr. Prouvé has also served as General Manager for the Singapore affiliate and General Manager, Travel Retailing, Asia/Pacific Region. Born in France, he collaborates closely with the Company’s brand and regional leaders to integrate and implement global marketing strategies.

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Deirdre Stanley

Executive Vice President and General Counsel

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Deirdre Stanley

Executive Vice President and General Counsel

Deirdre Stanley is Executive Vice President and General Counsel of The Estée Lauder Companies (ELC). In this capacity, Ms. Stanley leads the company’s legal strategy, practices and policies, and is responsible for ELC’s Legal organization globally. Ms. Stanley is a member of the company’s Executive Leadership Team and she serves as a senior advisor to ELC’s Board of Directors and Executive Management on complex global legal issues and business interests. Before joining The Estée Lauder Companies in 2019, Ms. Stanley served as General Counsel of The Thomson Reuters Corporation and its predecessor company for 17 years. Prior to that time, Ms. Stanley held various legal and senior executive roles at InterActive Corp/USA Networks (now IAC) and the GTE Corporation, a predecessor company to Verizon. She began her career at the law firm Cravath, Swaine & Moore. Ms. Stanley has been recognized for her leadership and commitment to diversity by various legal and civic organizations, with awards including Inside Counsel’s Transformative Leadership Award, the National Law Journal’s 20 Most Influential General Counsel recognition, and the Girl Scouts of New York Tribute Dinner awardee. Ms. Stanley serves on the Board of Directors of Consolidated Edison, Inc. She is on the Board of Trustees of the Hospital for Special Surgery and the Dalton School. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Executive Leadership Council. Ms. Stanley holds a bachelor’s degree in Public Policy Studies from Duke University, and J.D. from Harvard Law School, where she was a member of the Harvard Law Review.

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What drew you to work for The Estée Lauder Companies?

Once I began meeting our amazing people — who are the heart of our company — I fell in love. Not only are we incredibly hard working and collaborative, there’s also a certain generosity of spirit among those who work here. We are ambitious and like to win, but always in a gracious way.

What is your definition of beauty?

Beauty comes from within, but it can be also be enhanced with confidence, style and personality. Our products enable people to demonstrate their creativity and passions, and to be their true selves.

What does a typical day look like for you?

While no day is ever quite the same at ELC, we always make time to align with teams around the world because so much of what we do impacts other parts of the business. Every day also involves some fun, such as reviewing the latest eye shadow colors with the Product Development team or learning about the best skin care regimen for my particular skin. Working in beauty is always a treat.

What do you see as the most exciting opportunities in the global luxury sector today?

I am most excited about the many opportunities to better address the needs of our diverse consumer base, which includes efforts to drive greater local and cultural relevance and create a more inclusive range of products for people of all skin tones. Doing this in a scalable way is both a challenge and a great privilege.

What core capabilities will future leaders need to take the business to the next level of growth?

Future leaders must have an understanding of our consumers and their desires, as well as an affinity for technology and the critical role it plays in moving our business — like any large, global business — forward. Also, good communication skills never go out of style. Today and in the future, great leaders must be effective in carrying forth their ideas.

What is the most meaningful or inspiring aspect of your role?

For me personally, it is serving as a bearer of ELC’s culture and values. When we analyze issues and evaluate our approach, we have an opportunity to engage the company in a discussion not only about the legality of the matter, but what is right and “the ELC way.” We always strive to do right by our consumers, employees and communities and hold ourselves accountable for our actions. This is how the company has operated for decades, and it’s a privilege to be part of that continuum.

What do you find most interesting, unique and complex about legal strategy, practices and policies in the luxury/prestige beauty industry?

Given the global nature of our business, we are responsible for understanding the various different laws and regulations across all the countries and jurisdictions in which we operate, while maintaining a consistent thread of The Estée Lauder Companies’ values globally.

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Tracey T. Travis

Tracey T. Travis

Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

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Tracey T. Travis

Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

As Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Tracey T. Travis is responsible for Global Finance, Accounting, Investor Relations, Information Technology, and Strategy and New Business Development. She co-leads the Global Value Council and is a member of the Executive Leadership Team and the Investment Development Committee. Before joining the company in 2012, she was Senior Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer at Ralph Lauren Corporation and also held financial and information technology leadership roles at Limited Brands, American National Can and PepsiCo/Pepsi Bottling Group. She began her career at General Motors as an engineer. Ms. Travis currently serves as a director on the Board of Accenture PLC and the Board of Meta Platforms Inc. (formerly, Facebook). She has been recognized by Treasury and Risk magazine as one of the “Top 25 Women in Finance” and one of the “100 Most Influential People in Finance,” has been honored with a Best CFO award by Institutional Investor magazine and was named one of the “Top 100 African-Americans in Corporate America,” as well as “The Most Powerful Women in Corporate America” by Black Enterprise magazine. In 2019, she was honored with an Achiever Award by Cosmetic Executive Women.

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What excites you about coming to work at The Estée Lauder Companies every day?

The people I work with. The Company has a unique culture. The people that I have the pleasure of working with are so knowledgeable about their areas of responsibility. They are so caring about the Company, and the business, and each other. We can disagree and debate, yet we recognize at the end of the day we’re all working toward the common goal of seeing this company be as exceptional as it is, and can be in the future. That brings a certain level of camaraderie that I haven’t seen in many other places.

What drew you to work for The Estée Lauder Companies?

I would say the culture, the talent, and the brand portfolio. I had been in apparel and retail for 12 years before I joined, and 10 years at Pepsi prior to that. I initially wasn’t that focused on the beauty industry, but when I saw the brand portfolio, understood how global the Company was, and met Leonard, William and Fabrizio, I became very interested in the Company. Once I learned that I would have the ability to partner with an amazing leadership team to continue to accelerate growth at a very pivotal time for the Company, I knew that it was an opportunity that I couldn’t pass up.

Why is the Company a good training ground for tomorrow’s business leaders?

First of all, with prestige beauty, we are fortunate to be part of one of the best consumer product segments that exists. At the Company, we offer the opportunity to work within multiple brands or multiple regions. Between the geographic breadth and the channel diversification of the Company, there are so many different, interesting career paths you can have here.

What was the best professional advice you ever received?

Early in my career I worked for an individual who was a great mentor to young talent. He was a very demanding person to work for but great at grooming talent. He used to say: “Don’t be afraid to fail.” This is classic and cliché, but it resonated for me. Basically he was saying you are very talented and highly competent. You can achieve anything you dedicate yourself to do. But while most things will work out well, some things will not. If you don’t take risks and try, you’ll never be able to reach your potential. I’ve been fortunate in my career to have a number of wise people share with me the benefit of their experiences, but this was the one that really stood out for me.

What do you see as the most exciting opportunities in the global luxury sector today?

Emerging markets are a big opportunity for us to reach a whole different consumer group. It's exciting to watch emerging market consumers transition into more of a middle class — as it’s defined for that particular market — and being able to aspire to luxury brands. More broadly, the digital landscape is a dynamic frontier for the global luxury sector. The idea that you can access luxury wherever and whenever you want, whether or not there’s a luxury store in your neighborhood, is quite exciting for luxury. It tests the strength of your brand.

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Meridith Webster

Executive Vice President, Global Communications and Public Affairs

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Meridith Webster

Executive Vice President, Global Communications and Public Affairs

Meridith Webster is Executive Vice President, Global Communications and Public Affairs at The Estée Lauder Companies, a position she assumed in 2021. In this role, Ms. Webster leads the company’s communications and public affairs strategies, advancing and protecting its business interests and corporate reputation globally, while strengthening relationships to drive value for key stakeholders. She also serves as a strategic advisor to the company’s senior leadership on a variety of critical topics.

A highly talented and respected leader, Ms. Webster has an exceptional background across business, government, media, and philanthropy. She joins ELC from the Biden White House, where she served as Special Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff to the Domestic Policy Council. In the Obama Administration, she served as Senior Advisor to White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and Deputy Chief of Staff to Susan Rice, then the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations.

Prior to serving in the Biden Administration, Ms. Webster served as Vox Media’s first-ever Chief Communications Officer, overseeing strategic communications and media relations across a growing and successful modern media company. While at Vox Media, Ms. Webster led the communications for the company’s merger with New York Media, among other notable accomplishments. Ms. Webster also served in several roles at Bloomberg L.P. and Bloomberg Philanthropies, including as the Global Head of Public Affairs, where she oversaw climate and public health communications and public affairs campaigns as well as strategic communications initiatives for the company. Ms. Webster began her career working at the Clinton White House and the U.S. State Department before earning her law degree at Georgetown University Law Center.

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