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Estée Lauder Names New Head of M&A and Licensing

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Ross will oversee M&A and licensing deals for the company.

The Estée Lauder Companies Inc., which has reported strength among some key brands in its latest financial reports, has appointed Andrew Ross as senior vice president, strategy and new business development, effective September 1, 2016.

He is responsible for the ongoing development and implementation of the company’s strategy. Ross will also lead its mergers and acquisitions, licensing and alliance activities worldwide.

“Andrew brings a wealth of global strategic experience across the consumer goods, retail and consulting sectors."

Ross, who was previously with ConAgra Foods and McKinsey & Company, succeeds Peter Jueptner, who was named president, Europe, the Middle East and Africa, as part of a wider management shakeup. Ross will join the company’s executive leadership team and report jointly to Fabrizio Freda, president and CEO, and Tracey T. Travis, CFO and executive vice president, global finance and strategy.

“Our sound corporate strategy has driven us to achieve seven years of consecutive growth,” said Freda. “Andrew’s widely-recognized industry leadership along with his depth of expertise in retail strategy, merchandising, format renewal and marketing will help us to continue to drive long-term profitable growth and remain a global leader in prestige beauty.”

“Andrew brings a wealth of global strategic experience across the consumer goods, retail and consulting sectors. Andrew’s significant track record of shaping global growth, coupled with his proven ability to translate opportunities and challenges from ideas into actionable global strategies, positions him well to take on this very important role for our Company,” said Travis.

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