Important professional moves of the week!

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Estée Lauder

In the recent realignment, John Dempsey, who has been a Group President since 2006, has been promoted to Executive Vice President, expanding his responsibilities to include Clinique, the group’s largest brand, and the Men’s Skin Care Group. He is also in charge of a new Center of Excellence for Creative with the mission of nurturing creativity and advancing talent development for all brands.

Jane Hertzmark Hudis, who has been Global Brand President of the Lauder division since July 2009, has been promoted to Group President in lieu of Lynne Green’s decision to retire June 30. She will add La Mer, Darphin, Origins and Aveda brands to her remit. Green was in charge of the brands now divided between Dempsey and Hudis.


James Seuss is resigning from his role as Chief Executive at the end of the month to pursue a new opportunity. The brand is currently looking for a replacement to lead Hunter through its next phase of growth. Seuss was to take the 160-year-old wellington boot brand to its next stage of growth, targeting new sales channels and product categories.

In the meantime, it has formed an interim leadership committee to manage the business, involving Creative Director Alasdhair Willis, Chief Financial Officer Benedict Smith, Product and Sourcing Director Julie Rafferty and Chief Executive and President of the Americas Wendy Svarre.


Swedish accessories brand Sandqvist has appointed Caroline Andersson as its new chief executive officer. Anton Sandqvist, who founded the brand in 2004 and is currently CEO, will step down at the end of the year. Andersson joins from Craft Sportswear, where she was commercial manager.