Maesa Appoints Gianni Pieraccioni to CEO

Gianni Pieraccioni, CEO, Maesa.
Gianni Pieraccioni, CEO, Maesa.

Maesa, a global beauty brand supplying retailers and beauty companies, has announced that Gianni Pieraccioni will join as CEO of the company effective February 1, 2021, while founder and current CEO Julien Saada will transition to a role as chairman of the board and chief strategy officer.

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Pieraccioni was most recently executive vice president and president, EMEA, luxury and consumer beauty at Coty. Prior to that he held leadership roles at Revlon and various other companies including Procter & Gamble and Johnson & Johnson.

Pieraccioni said, “I am delighted to be joining Maesa, a truly innovative company in the beauty space, to work with the team to take Maesa into the next phase of its growth as a global brand incubator. Maesa’s position as a high growth partner to the global beauty industry, its balance of creativity and commercial drive, as well as the presence it has in both North America and EMEA, are what drew me to the company. I very much look forward to leading this business as well as the top-notch team that has made it grow so fast under Julien’s watch.”

Julien Saada, founder of Maesa, said “This is a natural next step for Maesa’s development and now is the right time for me professionally and personally to envision a new role within the company. We are very excited that we are able to attract such a high calibre leader to Maesa. I look forward to working with the team on transitioning day to day responsibilities to Gianni and will then continue my relationship with Maesa as chairman and chief strategy officer.”

Ryan Cotton, chairman of the board of Maesa, said, “Gianni brings deep passion and expertise in beauty and embodies many of the values that have made Maesa successful over time. We are hugely grateful to Julien Saada, a remarkable founder who has built a remarkable business. Julien’s decision to hand leadership to an experienced industry leader reflects his desire to continue to build and grow this special company. We are thrilled Julien will remain engaged on the board in shaping its future.”

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