Estée Lauder promotes 2 of its own

Estée Lauder has promoted two executives — one in skin care, the other in its U.K. and Ireland business — effective Jan. 1.

The company on Monday announced that Julia Van Ongevalle had been promoted to global brand president of Origins. She had previously served as Origins senior vice president and general manager, during which time she oversaw the strategic evolution fo the brand’s natural positioning. She also overhauled Origins’ digital strategy. The company said it saw strong sales growth and momentum under her leadership.

Van Ongevalle has been with Estée Lauder since 2004 when she joined as marketing director at Clinique, Benelux. During her time at the company, she helped launch Origins in the Netherlands as senior vice president/general manager at MAC North America and MAC Europe, Middle East and Africa.

“Julie’s brand-building expertise and deep understanding of consumers, channels and markets has led Origins to achieve accelerated global growth,” said Jane Hertzmark Hudis, Estée Lauder group president. “I am thrilled Julie will continue leading Origins as global brand president, further leveraging the brand’s high performance natural position and engaging new generations of consumers.”

Also promoted was Philippe Warnery, the company’s new president of the U.K and Ireland. He was most recently the division’s vice president and general manager, a position he held since 2017. He has been with Estée Lauder since 2006, when he joined as regional director of Clinique and Travel Retail Asia/Pacific. He took over as vice president and general manager of Origins International, where he grew the brand into Mexico and China and set up retailer relationships in the U.K. He took over as senior vice president and general manager of Canada in 2013.

“Philippe’s entrepreneurial spirit and dynamic leadership are transforming the shopping experience for U.K. consumers through doubling down on omnichannel experience, connecting e-commerce with freestanding stores, driving digital expansion and focusing on local relevance,” said Cedric Prouvé, Estée Lauder group president, international. “Philippe’s visionary and impactful leadership will continue to be pivotal in driving the U.K. and Ireland’s long-term sustainable growth.”