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Kao announced two executive-level leadership changes for its North American business. Kao USA announced John Sullivan has been named vice president of sales for Kao USA, effective January 1, 2014. He is replacing Paul Nunnari, who has assumed the position of president for Kao Canada. Nunnari's new responsibilities will include leading and growing both Kao’s mass and salon businesses in Canada with the salon brands Goldwell and KMS California and for the mass hair care brand John Frieda and skin care brand Jergens, Curel and Bioré.
Nunnari has been with Kao USA for the past four years, as vice president of sales for the mass business. He has also been an integral member of the company’s U.S. senior management team responsible for the development and growth of the U.S. market, one of the largest markets within the Kao Group. "Paul's vision and leadership qualities will play a significant role in the future growth and ongoing success of our Canadian business. His understanding of the business needs and brands, as well as his contagious enthusiasm, positions him well to lead the business forward. On behalf of the company, I wish to congratulate Paul on his new role," commented Joe Workman, Kao Americas’ president.
"It is an honor to lead the Kao Canada business. I'm excited about working with the team that Simon brought together and accomplishing the objectives necessary to grow the Canadian markets," commented Nunnari.
And Sullivan's new responsibilities include managing the mass business sector's sales organization, which include field sales, customer marketing, shopper insights and sales operations. Sullivan has been with Kao USA since 2004 and has held a variety of roles with an increasing level of responsibility. In his latest role as senior director, sales strategies and effectiveness, he led both the trade marketing and sales operations departments. His strong background and skills make him uniquely qualified to take on this key position. Additionally, Sullivan will become a member of the Kao USA management committee.
"We are excited to have John assume his new role here at Kao USA" said John Nosek, the president of Kao USA. "Since joining Kao, he has had a significant impact on our business. We are fortunate to have someone with John's experience, track record of success and leadership to head our mass sales team."