L’Oréal Appoints Chief Sustainability Officer for North America

Marissa Pagnani McGowan is chief sustainability officer for North America.
Marissa Pagnani McGowan is chief sustainability officer for North America.

L’Oréal USA has appointed Marissa Pagnani McGowan as chief sustainability officer for North America, a new position that is effective November 2021. 

McGowan will report to L’Oréal USA president and CEO Stéphane Rinderknech, who oversees L’Oréal‘North America zone. She will also join the US management committee and the leadership team of L’Oréal‘global chief corporate responsibility officer, Alexandra Palt.

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McGowan comes to L’Oréal from PVH Corp, one of the world’s largest global apparel companies, where she most recently served as chief sustainability officer.

L’Oréal for the Future, the company’s 10-year sustainability transformation strategy, embodies the two complementary dimensions of corporate responsibility: transforming the company toward an increasingly sustainable business model, and contributing to solving the challenges facing the world.

Rinderknech said: "Marissa brings to her sustainability work a passion for the power of partnerships and collective action. She has an impressive track record of building sustainable business platforms and embedding sustainability principles into every part of a business. We aim to drive a complete transformation of our business—to be a leader and catalyst of change in the beauty sector and beyondI firmly believe that we must act with even more urgency to address the social and environmental needs of the planet while preparing our business to meet the opportunities of our dynamic market.”

McGowan said: "I am excited and honored to join L’Oréal, a company that I have long admired for its rich history and continued growth through keeping innovation, the consumer and responsibility at the center of its business. My passion for the beauty industry, like the fashion sector, stems from its humanity and creativity, which together create a powerful opportunity to influence positive change. I look forward to stewarding the sustainability work as part of L’Oréal USA’s next growth chapter, and to driving meaning progress on the L’Oréal for the Future's transformation journey.”


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