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Kao names Nosek president of Kao USA as part of new global management approach


CINCINNATI — As part of a move to integrate its beauty care products business, Kao has named John Nosek president of Kao USA, the newly restructured beauty care company that merges Kao's prestige, mass and salon businesses in the United States.

Beginning this month, Kao's beauty care subsidiaries in North America and Europe will run as unified organizations in the major countries in which they operate. In his capacity as president of Kao USA, Nosek will oversee the consumer products business, professional salon business and Molton Brown USA.

The Kao USA brand portfolio includes Ban antiperspirants; Jergens and Curel hand and body lotions; Biore facial care; John Frieda hair care, as well as Goldwell and KMS California professional hair care and Molton Brown products for body and home.

Previously, Kao's key beauty care subsidiaries all operated as independent businesses in the North American and European markets. Under the direction of Nosek in the United States, these subsidiaries will be unified with an emphasis on standardization of work practices and integration of information technology systems.

The global management approach will give Kao increased leverage in target markets and enable Kao to better utilize its combined experience and resources to accelerate the growth of the Kao group in the United States, according to the company.

Nosek joined Kao Brands in 2006 as VP of sales and was named GM for Kao Brands U.S. in 2008. Prior to his first role at Kao Brands, Nosek held a variety of executive positions in the consumer products arena with other industry giants, such as L'Oréal USA and Bristol-Myers Squibb.

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