Jean-Paul Agon has been Chief Executive Officer of L’Oréal since 2006. In February 2011, he was named Chairman & CEO.
Born in France in 1956, Mr. Agon joined L’Oréal at the age of 22 after graduating from HEC international business school. After a short time as product manager for the Consumer Products division in France, he was appointed General Manager of L'Oréal Greece, where he spent the next four years. In 1985, he returned to France as General Manager of L'Oréal Paris, overseeing several key launches and major successes, including Studio Line and Plénitude. In 1989, he rose to a towering challenge as International Managing Director for Biotherm, completely remodeling the brand and endowing the company with international appeal.
Mr. Agon left France in 1994 to assume the position of Managing Director of L'Oréal Germany, where he played a key role in dealing with issues related to European markets. The absorption of German cosmetics company Jade, later teamed up with Gemey, gave him his first taste of major acquisitions.
Three years later, L'Oréal Chairman and CEO Lindsay Owen-Jones entrusted him with setting up and heading the L'Oréal Asia Zone in the midst of a full-blown economic crisis. Mr. Agon lent fresh impetus to these still-emerging markets by creating subsidiaries in a number of countries, including China, setting out relevant strategies, stepping up investment and recruiting a new generation of local talent.
In 2001, he was named President of L'Oréal USA, leading a drive to win market share across every category. It was during this time that Garnier launched its hugely successful Fructis range.
Jean-Paul Agon's career is like the man himself: energetic, unwavering and constructive, always leading to tangible results. He has forged leadership skills underpinned by expertise, an international approach, and a global vision for future success. At the same time, he has dedicated himself to promoting L'Oréal's ethical values and to elevating the company as a model of corporate citizenship.
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