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Estée Lauder announces leadership changes

Changes are coming to Estée Lauder’s leadership team.

The company announced two updates for its North American business, which include Chris Good being promoted to group president of North America and Claudia Benshimol’s appointment to senior vice president, general manager of Estée Lauder and Aerin Beauty, North America.

Both appointments are effective immediately, the company said.

Good will continue to report to Fabrizio Freda, the current president and CEO, and remain a member of the company’s executive leadership team. He has been part of the company for 15 years, and previously served as the president of U.K. and Ireland.

“As our home market, with a competitive and fast-evolving prestige beauty landscape, North America remains a central part of our corporate strategy and an important engine for the company’s long-term sustainable growth,” Freda said. “Chris has played a vital role in driving the transformation and turnaround of our North America business, and this promotion reflects his track record of achieving strong performance and our confidence that his visionary leadership and deep consumer, retail and operational expertise will help drive meaningful future growth in this important market.”

Benshimol, who joined the company in 2012, was most recently the vice president, account manager of Estée Lauder and Aerin, North America. She also served as the vice president of strategy and analytics of North America and key account manager at Belk and Dillard’s. Prior to joining Estée Lauder, she was the associate principal at McKinsey.

“Claudia is an exceptional leader with a forward-thinking approach to retail commerce and consumer strategies. She brings deep North America market and strategic expertise and she has played an important role in driving retail growth for the Estée Lauder brand in North America,” Good, said. “Her demonstrated ability to identify and pivot to granular and high-growth opportunities, and her adeptness in driving high-performance teams makes her ideally suited to build on the brand’s remarkable success in North America and further accelerate its growth.”
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