Estée Lauder launches organizational evolution of its portfolio leadership

William P. Lauder, Executive Chairman at The Estée Lauder Companies

Executive Chairman William P. Lauder and President and CEO Fabrizio Freda of The Estée Lauder Companies (ELC) announced an organizational evolution across its brand portfolio to position the company for sustainable growth in a fast-paced evolving global landscape.

What are the organizational changes at ELC?

As of September 1, 2022, the company’s brand portfolio evolved into two brand clusters led by Jane Hertzmark Hudis, Executive Group President, and Stéphane de La Faverie, who was promoted to Executive Group President. This new brand leadership structure is designed to ensure continued portfolio-wide alignment, enabling the business to focus on the greatest areas of opportunity. Jane and Stéphane will continue to report directly to Fabrizio Freda.

Building upon their enterprise-wide leadership responsibilities, Jane and Stéphane, in partnership with the Brand Presidents, will oversee their brands’ businesses, equity and innovation, continuing to work in close alignment with all internal functions and regions.

Additionally, they will work closely with brand and value chain leaders to drive the strategy and growth plans for the company’s product categories and key subcategories.

This evolution aligns with ELC’s forward-looking corporate strategy and Compass to accelerate the company’s ability to deliver now while simultaneously preparing for the future.

The company’s top brand leaders are organizationally aligned in a management structure designed to promote cross-brand synergies and advance development at multiple levels of the firm. In line with the ELC’s internal talent vision, this announcement also includes the appointment of several leaders to elevated brand roles in the clusters of Jane and Stéphane.

What is the role of Jane Hertzmark Hudis at ELC?

Executive Group President Jane Hertzmark Hudis will continue leading one of the company’s brand clusters, with a portfolio of brands that includes: La Mer and Bobbi Brown; TOM FORD BEAUTY; M·A·C; Clinique and Origins; Aveda; Bumble and bumble; and Dr.Jart+.

Jane will also continue her enterprise-wide executive leadership of skin care and hair care, which are important growth-driving categories for our company. All the brand leaders will remain the same, with the exception of Sandra Main taking direct responsibility of La Mer. Also, Jane will continue as an executive sponsor for key strategic enterprise-wide priorities, including initiatives focused on marketing excellence and winning with Chinese consumers.

As one of the most accomplished, visionary executives in prestige and luxury beauty, Jane Hertzmark Hudis has a proven track record of leading, building, and transforming global brands to achieve outstanding broad-based growth. Jane will leverage her tenured expertise, including her vast knowledge of China, luxury beauty, and consumer-centric local relevance, to further enable her brand portfolio to win across categories, regions, and channels.

Jane is a passionate advocate of leadership development, mentorship, and women’s advancement. In addition to her enterprise-wide responsibilities at the company, Jane co-founded The Estée Lauder Companies’ Women’s Leadership Network (WLN) in 2017 to engage women across the firm, helping them become exceptional leaders and mentors.

Under Jane’s co-executive sponsorship, WLN has become the company’s largest employee resource group with a presence in every region. As Executive Group President, Stéphane de La Faverie will continue to lead one of the company’s brand clusters including Estée Lauder and AERIN Beauty; Jo Malone London; Le Labo; KILIAN PARIS, Editions de Parfums Frederic Malle, Darphin Paris and LAB Series; and DECIEM (The Ordinary, NIOD, and Avestan).

What is the role of Stéphane de La Faverie at ELC?

Stéphane will add ELC’s California-based brands to his portfolio – Too Faced; Smashbox and GLAMGLOW – expanding his category leadership to now include makeup, in addition to fragrance and subcategories of home, bath and body, and men’s skin care and grooming. Except Estée Lauder, all the leaders of the brands in Stéphane’s portfolio remain the same. Stéphane will continue to drive integrated planning and business operations enterprise-wide.

Stéphane de La Faverie’s promotion to Executive Group President reflects his outstanding track record of building successful global brands and his deep expertise across categories and channels, helping build fragrance as a powerful engine of growth for the company, and leading the Estée Lauder brand to be one of the world’s most beloved prestige beauty brands.

Stéphane’s strength as an inclusive and empathic leader, and his ability to balance emotional inspiration, authenticity and strategic insights to drive long-term, sustainable growth, have helped him successfully build his portfolio of brands and nurture a winning leadership team.

What were the executives’ thoughts on the changes?

“This evolution further positions ELC brands to win with consumers in a continuously changing beauty landscape, while elevating our internal talent bench and organizational planning to position us well to deliver on the company’s long-term strategy with agility,” said Fabrizio.

“The strength of our portfolio reflects the strength of our leadership team, and this evolution leverages the high potential of each leader to take our business to even greater heights.”

“We have been and will continue to be a brand-led firm. This exciting update to the firm will further enable our brands’ industry leadership. Leveraging ELC’s internal talent pipeline globally underscores our commitment to create professional development and career advancement opportunities for the next gen of leaders across our firm,” said William P. Lauder.