Kao USA names mass business, operations leaders

Kao USA has announced two new leadership appointments. 

The company has named Karen Frank as president of mass business for the Americas and European regions, while Jesse Grissom has been appointed president of operations in the Americas.

Frank previously served as general manager, US sales and marketing and Americas and Europe innovation for the mass channel. In her new position, she took over direct responsibility for the entire mass channel for the Americas and Europe. 

Grissom, on the other hand, will oversee leaders of the supply chain, human resources, IT, legal and finance, as well as the Salon and Molton Brown businesses.

Together, Frank and Grissom will work together to ensure the company’s mass business brands, including Jergens, John Frieda Hair Care and Bioré, are positioned for growth.

In order to ensure clearer roles and responsibilities to empower quicker decision making as well as readying the organization for growth, these new roles also represent Kao’s commitment to strengthen its global diversity efforts, the company said