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Executive Changes at L’Oréal USA

Posted: July 24, 2008

Carol J. Hamilton, president, L’Oréal Paris, has been named president, Luxury Products Division, L’Oréal USA; Karen T. Fondu, currently president, Maybelline New York/Garnier, will succeed Hamilton as president, L’Oréal Paris; and David H. Greenberg, senior vice president, human resources, L’Oréal USA, will assume Fondu’s role as president, Maybelline New York/Garnier. These appointments will take effect in September.

“I am delighted to announce these three key appointments at L’Oréal USA," said Laurent Attal, president and CEO, L’Oréal USA. "Carol, Karen and David are exceptional individuals who are a testament to the strength and depth of the L’Oréal organization. We are confident that they will leverage their proven track records in their new roles, and together with their teams, will bring their divisions even greater success in the future.”

Carol Hamilton joined L’Oréal USA in 1984 as director of marketing for the former L’Oréal Cosmetics division. She was subsequently appointed vice president, and then senior vice president of marketing, for the L’Oréal Hair Care division. In 1996, Hamilton became senior vice president, marketing, for L’Oréal Paris, which merged the former cosmetics and hair care divisions. She became general manager in 2000. As general manager, Hamilton oversaw all functions of the L’Oréal Paris brand including marketing, manufacturing, sales, finance and administration. She was appointed president, L’Oréal Paris, in 2002. Under her leadership, L’Oréal Paris became the largest beauty brand in the U.S.

Karen Fondu joined L’Oréal USA in 1979 and has held various sales management positions within the L’Oréal Consumer Products Division. In 1992, she was appointed vice president, sales, L’Oréal Cosmetics, and in 1996 was appointed senior vice president, sales, Maybelline, following its acquisition by L’Oréal. In 2001, Fondu was appointed general manager, Maybelline New York with the added responsibility of establishing the Garnier brand in the U.S. market, and in 2004, she was appointed president, Maybelline New York/Garnier. Under her leadership, Maybelline New York has become the leading cosmetics brand in the U.S. Garnier hair care has also taken a commanding position in the U.S. marketplace and last year took another step forward with the launch of Garnier skin care.

David Greenberg joined the L’Oréal Group in 1993. He held various positions in the L’Oréal Paris division including vice president, marketing, for the L’Oréal Paris hair color portfolio, and then vice president, marketing, for all L’Oréal Paris hair care and colorants. In 1999, Greenberg was named general manager, consumer products division, L’Oréal Mexico, where he had oversight of the L’Oréal Paris and Maybelline brands, and where he oversaw the dramatic expansion of Garnier. In 2003, he was named worldwide general manager, Matrix, where he spearheaded the brand’s rollout of Matrix to many new markets including China, Russia, India and Brazil. Greenberg assumed the role of senior vice president, human resources, L’Oréal USA, in 2005, where he is responsible for all the human resources activities of L’Oréal USA, including employee relations, recruitment, training and development and compensation and benefits. His successor has not yet been announced.