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Sephora Americas names new CEO

BY Marianne Wilson

Sephora has tapped the former head of Benefit Cosmetics to head up its Americas division.

The beauty retail powerhouse named Jean-André Rougeot as chief executive officer of Sephora Americas, effective February 4, 2019. He most recently served as the CEO of Benefit Cosmetics, a position he has held for the past 12 years. (Sephora and Benefit are both owned by luxury conglomerate LVMH.) Prior to Benefit, Rougeot was the president and CEO of Coty.

At Sephora, Rougeot succeeds Calvin McDonald, who resigned from the company in July to become CEO of Lululemon Athletica Inc. Rougeot, who will be based in San Francisco, will report to Sephora global president and CEO Christopher de Lapuente

“[Rougeot’s] extensive leadership track record, breadth of knowledge of the North American prestige beauty and retail marketplace, [and experience] as a Sephora brand partner for more than a decade, set him up to lead our teams to continue fueling our 20 year North America success story,” de Lapuente stated.

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