Coty consumer beauty names new president

3/7/2017
NEW YORK — Coty consumer beauty will have a new president, effective in May, as its current president steps down from the position. Coty announced Tuesday that Esi Eggleston Bracey would be leaving the company for personal reasons, remaining on through the end of March.



The company has named Laurent Kleitman as Eggleston Bracey’s replacement at the head of its consumer beauty division. Kleitman is currently EVP global hair care category at Unilever. In his new role, he will report directly to Coty CEO Camillo Pane and will join the company’s executive committee.

“My thanks, and those of our board and executive committee members, go to Esi for her passion and commitment to the company during the merger process and since joining us in October 2016. We wish Esi great success in her next steps,” Pane said. “I am delighted to welcome Laurent to Coty. Laurent brings 29 years of international consumer goods experience, plus broad commercial and operational leadership in running a multibillion-dollar international division in the consumer beauty sector. He has a strong track record for commercial growth in a consumer environment.”

Kleitman has been in his position at Unilever since 2015. Prior to that, he was CEO of Unilever Russia, Ukraine and Belarus, before which he spent three years leading LVMH in Russia. He has worked in Russia, Thailand, Italy, the United Kingdom and France. He will assume his role at Coty on May 15, and will be located in Coty’s consumer beauty headquarters in New York. In the interim, Pane will directly oversee the consumer beauty division.
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