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Lauder Completes Planned Senior Management Succession

Posted: March 26, 2009

The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. announced that it has completed its senior management succession plan first announced in November 2007. Completion of the plan was approved by the company’s board of directors the week of March 23, 2009. The appointments will be effective July 1, 2009, the start of the company’s fiscal year 2010.

Named as president and CEO, Fabrizio Freda, who is currently president and COO, will be responsible for developing the company’s overall vision, strategy, financial objectives and investment priorities. He will be accountable for the achievement of the company’s overall corporate performance objectives—including revenue, profit and return on invested capital goals. Freda will also become a member of the company’s board of directors as of July 1, 2009.

William P. Lauder, 48, the company’s current CEO, will become executive chairman and will serve as chairman of The Estée Lauder Companies’ board of directors. As executive chairman, Lauder will partner with Freda to create significant long-term shareholder value for the company’s investors. Together with Freda, Lauder will help drive and support the company’s brand and global expansion opportunities in addition to his day-to-day management responsibilities.

Leonard Lauder, the current chairman of the board, will remain on the board and become chairman emeritus.

Freda has been a key architect of the company’s long-term strategic plan, which is focused on gaining market share in the global prestige beauty industry and improving profitability. The four-year strategy prioritizes the company’s most promising opportunities, including its core brands, most profitable categories, high-growth distribution channels, expanding markets, and important countries and regions. The strategy’s other critical elements are designed to reduce expenses, integrate brands and regions to improve efficiency and leverage scale, and turn around underperforming brands.