Our Leaders

The Est\u00E9e Lauder Companies

Our Leaders

As we evolve into a truly global organization and generate excitement at retail, we’re not only improving our Company’s performance, but we’re leading the prestige beauty industry in a new direction."

William P. Lauder,
Executive Chairman

EXECUTIVE BIOS

  • William P. Lauder Executive Chairman

    William P. Lauder is the son of Leonard and Evelyn Lauder and the grandson of Estée and Joseph Lauder. Mr. Lauder became Executive Chairman and Chairman of the Board of Directors in July 2009. He was Chief Executive Officer from July 2004 through June 2009. During his five-year tenure as chief executive, he expanded the Company’s international presence and distribution channels and greatly strengthened the brand portfolio.
     
    He joined the Company in 1986 as Regional Marketing Director of Clinique U.S.A. in the New York metro area. In 1990 he led the creation of the Origins brand and its innovative store-within-a store concept. He subsequently was promoted to several senior leadership positions; he led the worldwide businesses for Clinique and Origins and oversaw the Company’s free-standing stores and Internet business. In 2003 he became Chief Operating Officer, with oversight of all the Company’s global operations, as well as nine specialty brands and the retail business.
     
    Under his leadership, Clinique’s Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion became the best-selling prestige skin care product in U.S. department stores and Clinique launched its first anti-aging product.
     
    Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Lauder completed Macy’s Executive Training Program in New York City and was Associate Merchandising Manager of the New York Division/Dallas store when it opened in 1985.
     
    He is a member of the Boards of Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania and The Trinity School in New York City, his alma maters. He is also Chairman of the Board of the Fresh Air Fund, a member of the Boards of Directors of the Jarden Corporation, the 92nd Street Y and the Partnership for New York City and the Advisory Board of Zelnick Media.​ In 2012, Mr. Lauder received a lecturer appointment to the faculty of The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania where he teaches “Decision Making in the Leadership Chair”, a course he designed for second-year MBA students.

    Fabrizio Freda President and Chief Executive Officer

    Fabrizio Freda is President and Chief Executive Officer, The Estée Lauder Companies, a position he assumed on July 1, 2009. In this role, he is responsible for developing and achieving the Company’s overall vision, strategy, financial objectives and investment priorities. Mr. Freda is a member of the Company’s Board of Directors.
     
    Mr. Freda joined The Estée Lauder Companies in March 2008 when he was appointed President and Chief Operating Officer. In this role, Mr. Freda was a key architect of the Company’s long-term strategic plan, which is focused on gaining market share in the global prestige beauty industry and generating sustainable, profitable growth. The strategy includes prioritizing resources to the most promising opportunities, making further investments in consumer knowledge, driving innovation and creativity through products and services, and expanding the Company’s distribution and geographic penetration. It also calls for greater integration across the Company’s brands, regions and functions to create cost efficiencies and leverage scale.
     
    Mr. Freda is a strategically focused, financially disciplined, results-oriented leader with a proven track record in the consumer products arena. Prior to joining The Estée Lauder Companies, Mr. Freda had an outstanding 20-year career at Procter & Gamble (P&G), where he was responsible for various operating, marketing and strategic efforts. His last position at P&G was President, Global Snacks, where he restructured the business, orchestrated its successful turnaround and managed employees, factories and research and development centers around the world. Mr. Freda also spent more than a decade in positions of increasing responsibility in the Health and Beauty Care division at P&G. During that time he led the launch and expansion of the Pantene hair care brand in several European countries.
     
    From 1986 to 1988 he directed marketing and strategic planning for Gucci SpA. Mr. Freda attended University of Naples Federico II and holds a degree in Economics and Business Administration. In 2012, he was elected to the Board of Directors of BlackRock, Inc.

    John Demsey Group President

    John Demsey has been Group President, The Estée Lauder Companies Inc., since July 2006. In this role, he oversees Estée Lauder, M·A·C Cosmetics, Tom Ford Beauty, Prescriptives, Bobbi Brown, Jo Malone, La Mer and Smashbox Cosmetics.
     
    Throughout his career Mr. Demsey has demonstrated a unique ability to establish a brand's authority while continuing to respect its heritage. By continually developing innovative products, cultivating new markets and establishing an unprecedented link between fashion, beauty and entertainment, he has led the brands in his portfolio to unparalleled growth and expansion.
     
    From January 2005 through July 2006, Mr. Demsey served as Global Brand President of Estée Lauder and M·A·C, while also assuming responsibility for Sean John, Tom Ford Beauty and Prescriptives. On Estée Lauder, Mr. Demsey worked closely with Aerin Lauder, Senior Vice President, Creative Director, to enhance brand image through new models and breakthrough advertising campaigns. Mr. Demsey worked closely with designer Tom Ford to launch Tom Ford Beauty, including its successful Private Blend fragrances, and with Sean John to launch Sean John's top-selling fragrances.
     
    From 1998 to 2005 Mr. Demsey served as President of M·A·C, where he grew the brand into the global makeup powerhouse it remains today. Distribution exploded from 19 to over 75 global markets and today M·A·C is known all over the world as the cult makeup authority. As Chairman of the M·A·C AIDS Fund, Mr. Demsey has secured numerous iconic celebrities for the M·A·C VIVA GLAM campaigns including; Elton John, Mary J. Blige, Pamela Anderson, Christina Aguilera, Fergie, Dita von Teese, Cyndi Lauper and Lady Gaga. Through the sales of VIVA GLAM lipsticks and lipglasses, the M·A·C AIDS Fund has raised $190 million. Mr. Demsey is also an active participant in several AIDS-related organizations, including the Fashion Group International Advisory Board; Advisory Council of the Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS; Honorary Board of Love Heals; Love Heals, The Alison Gertz Foundation for AIDS Education; Executive Advisory Board of the Children Affected by AIDS Foundation; and AIDS Project Los Angeles.
     
    Each year, M·A·C participates in 23 Fashion Weeks around the world: New York, London, Milan, Paris, Sydney, Copenhagen, Athens, Moscow, Berlin, Delhi, Capetown, Johannesburg, Madrid, Mexico City, Miami Swimwear, NY Bridal, Auckland, Toronto, Tokyo, Sao Paulo, Paris Couture, Milan Menswear and Paris Menswear. The total number of shows the brand does annually is approximately 850. Since the beginning, fashion has played a significant role in the brand's philosophy, and M·A·C has supported both existing and emerging design talent resulting not only in backstage makeup artistry support but product collaborations with high profile designers such as Alexander McQueen, Emanuel Ungaro, Heatherette and DSquared2.
    From 1991 to 1998, Mr. Demsey held several positions with Estée Lauder in its New York headquarters, as well as in the field. He was Senior Vice President, Sales and Education, Estée Lauder USA and Canada, where he was instrumental in expanding the brand's business and increasing market share. Prior to that, he was Vice President, Sales, for the West Coast region.
    Before joining The Estée Lauder Companies he worked as Vice President of Sales at the specialty division of Revlon, which included the Borghese, Alexandra de Markoff and Lancaster brands. He also held various executive positions with Bloomingdale's, Macy's, Benetton and Saks Fifth Avenue.
     
    Mr. Demsey earned his Master of Business Administration degree from New York University and a Bachelor of Science degree from Stanford University.

    Carl Haney Executive Vice President, Research and Development, Product Innovation and Brand Product Development

    Carl Haney is Executive Vice President, Global Research and Development (R&D), Corporate Product Innovation, Package Development, a position he has held since January 2012.

    Mr. Haney joins The Estée Lauder Companies following a more than 20-year career at The Procter & Gamble Company (P&G). Most recently he was Vice President, R&D, Male Grooming, Gillette, Braun and Devices, leading teams in all aspects of innovation, including product, packaging, process development and engineering.

    Raised in Venezuela, Mr. Haney moved to the United States and attended Vanderbilt University, where he graduated cum laude with a degree in Chemical Engineering.  He started his career at P&G and over the years has held numerous leadership positions in locations around the world. In 1997 he was promoted to Director, Latin America Beauty Care R&D.  Mr. Haney also held R&D leadership roles for P&G Global Cosmetics and Oral Care and has led P&G innovation teams in Latin America, Europe and Asia. 

    An important player in the R&D and Innovation industry, Mr. Haney is known for growing businesses, brands and innovation organizations and creating strong external innovation partnerships.

    Evelyn H. Lauder Senior Corporate Vice President

    Evelyn H. Lauder (1936-2011) was the Senior Corporate Vice President and Head of Fragrance Development Worldwide for the Estée Lauder Companies Inc.  During her more than 50 years with the Company, she held many positions while contributing her invaluable insights about fashion trends, consumers' changing needs, and new approaches to the development of innovative skin care, makeup and fragrance products. She also helped name the Clinique brand. As Head of Fragrance Development Worldwide for the Estée Lauder Companies, she led the development of the Company’s most globally successful fragrances, including the best-selling Beautiful and Pleasures. 

    Mrs. Lauder was perhaps best known to the public for her work in bringing global awareness to women’s health. Her personal experience with early stage breast cancer in 1987, led her in 1992, to co-create, with Alexandra Penney of SELF magazine, the now ubiquitous Pink Ribbon, recognized as the worldwide symbol of breast health. In conjunction, Mrs. Lauder launched the Estée Lauder Companies Breast Cancer Awareness (BCA) Campaign (www.bcacampaign.com). To date, the BCA Campaign has distributed more than 115 million Pink Ribbons and informational brochures worldwide.  In 2000, Mrs. Lauder and the BCA Campaign launched its annual “Global Landmarks Illumination Initiative,” whereby historic landmarks are illuminated in pink lights during the month of October to focus global attention on breast health.  In 2010, the BCA Campaign illuminated 38 global historic landmarks within a 24-hour timeframe and achieved the first-ever Guinness World Record for “Most Landmarks Illuminated for a Cause in 24 Hours.” Included among the 38 iconic landmarks were the Taj Mahal Palace & Tower Hotel in India, the Tokyo Tower in Japan, the Hotel Majestic in France, and the Empire State Building in New York City. 
     
    Mrs. Lauder was also Chairman of The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF), which she founded in 1993. She was passionately committed to preventing breast cancer and finding a cure in her lifetime by funding the most innovative clinical and translational research at leading medical centers worldwide. To date, BCRF has raised over $350 million and currently supports 186 researchers across the United States, Canada, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, and Australia.
     
    In 1989, Mrs. Lauder initiated the fundraising drive that established the Evelyn H. Lauder Breast Center at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. As the first breast and diagnostic center, it became a model for similar facilities around the world.  The expanded Evelyn H. Lauder Breast Center opened in September 2009 and is three times the size of its predecessor. It provides the most up-to-date breast cancer prevention, diagnosis, and outpatient treatment services and serves as a worldwide model for offering coordinated supportive services under one roof for one disease, a concept which has been replicated in other institutions and for other diseases.
     
    Mrs. Lauder’s achievements have garnered global recognition. In 2002, she received France’s Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur. In June 2007, Mrs. Lauder received the prestigious 2007 Partners in Progress Award from the American Society of Clinical Oncology for her efforts to increase public awareness about cancer. In 1999 and 2007, she was featured in Crain’s New York Business magazine as one of New York’s 100 Most Influential Women in Business, and in 2008 she was nominated to the International Best Dressed List. In 2010, Mrs. Lauder received the Fashion Group International Humanitarian Award in recognition for her work with BCRF and her tireless efforts toward eradicating breast cancer. In October 2011, the Lauder family received the prestigious Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy for their longstanding commitment to philanthropy and public service. 
     
    Mrs. Lauder was a dedicated photographer, whose art has been represented in many public and private collections, including The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, and leading medical facilities worldwide. She’s had two photography books published of her own work, The Seasons Observed and, An Eye for Beauty. Her photographs have been exhibited internationally, including the Pace/MacGill Gallery in New York City, Berggruen Gallery in San Francisco, Duran Exposiciones de Arte in Madrid, The Red Gate Gallery in Beijing and at the Galerie des Galeries at the Galeries Lafayette in Paris. Her most recent photography exhibition “Salon Beauties” opened at the Gagosian Gallery in London on September 29, 2011. In September 2006, Mrs. Lauder published her first cookbook, In Great Taste: Fresh, Simple Recipes for Eating and Living Well. All of Mrs. Lauder’s royalties from her books and exhibitions are donated to BCRF.
     
    Evelyn Lauder passed away from complications of non-genetic ovarian cancer on November 12th, 2011. She is survived by her husband Leonard A. Lauder, Chairman Emeritus of the Estée Lauder Companies; her son William, Executive Chairman of the Estée Lauder Companies; her son Gary, Managing Director of Lauder Partners LLC and his wife Laura, General Partner of Lauder Partners; and her five grandchildren.

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    Leonard A. Lauder Chairman Emeritus

    Leonard A. Lauder is Chairman Emeritus of The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. and is currently the senior member of its Board of Directors. Founded in 1946, the Company is one of the world's leading manufacturers and marketers of quality skin care, makeup, fragrance and hair care products, with annual sales of $7.8 billion. Its products are sold in over 150 countries and territories across more than 25 well-recognized brand names.
     
    A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School, Mr. Lauder also studied at Columbia University's Graduate School of Business and served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy. He formally joined Estée Lauder in 1958, when it had annual sales of $800,000. Mr. Lauder consistently developed and implemented innovative sales and marketing programs and increased the Company's sales and profits. He created its first research and development laboratory and brought in professional management on every level. He also initiated The Estée Lauder Companies' international expansion, which began in 1960 with the opening of the Estée Lauder account at Harrods in London.
     
    Mr. Lauder served as President of The Estée Lauder Companies from 1972 to 1995 and as Chief Executive Officer from 1982 to 1999. He added the title of Chairman in 1995 and served as Chairman of The Estée Lauder Companies through June 2009. Under his leadership, the Company launched many brands, including Aramis, Clinique, Lab Series Skincare for Men and Origins. Beginning in the mid-1990s, the Company also began expanding through acquisitions, including Aveda, Bobbi Brown, Jo Malone, La Mer and M·A·C.
     
    In addition to his activities with The Estée Lauder Companies, Mr. Lauder is extremely involved in the worlds of education, art, politics and philanthropy. He is a charter trustee of the University of Pennsylvania and a founding member of the board of governors of its Joseph H. Lauder Institute of Management and International Studies. Mr. Lauder became a trustee of the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City in 1977 and currently serves as its Chairman Emeritus. He is Co-Founder and Chairman of the Alzheimer's Drug Discovery Foundation, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a trustee of The Aspen Institute, Chairman of The Aspen Institute International Committee, and a member of the President’s Council of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Hospital. Mr. Lauder served on the Advisory Committee for Trade Negotiations under President Ronald Reagan. Included among his honors, he was presented with the National Order of Merit by the French Government, named an Officier de la Légion d’Honneur by France and recognized by The United States Navy Supply Corps Foundation with its Distinguished Alumni Award.
     
    Mr. and Mrs. Lauder have two sons: William, Executive Chairman of The Estée Lauder Companies, and Gary, Managing Director, Lauder Partners LLC, and four grandchildren.

    Ronald S. Lauder Chairman, Clinique Laboratories, LLC

    Ronald. Lauder is the younger son of Estée and Joseph Lauder and, like his older brother, Leonard, learned the family business at the dinner table. He formally joined the company in 1964 after graduating from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, beginning his career in the Belgium factory.   His executive roles began when he became General Manager of Clinique Laboratories in 1985, followed by Chairman in 1995.  Mr. Lauder was instrumental in the creation of Prescriptives and served as Chairman of Estee Lauder International from 1992 to 2002.  He also served as a member of the Board of Directors from 1995 to 2005.  In 1984, he took a leave from the company to serve in the Pentagon as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Defense for European and NATO Affairs.  In 1986 he was named U.S. Ambassador to Austria, where he served until 1987.

    A noted philanthropist and active leader in many civic, cultural and Jewish causes, Mr. Lauder is Chairman of the Jewish National Fund and President of the World Jewish Congress.  Upon his return to the U.S. from Austria in 1987, he established The Ronald S. Lauder Foundation, which is dedicated to rebuilding Jewish communities in Central and Eastern Europe that were devastated by the Holocaust, with an emphasis on Jewish schools, camps and community centers.

    Mr. Lauder is a renowned art collector and over the years has put together one of the world’s greatest private collections.  In 2001 he founded The Neue Galerie Museum for German and Austrian Art in Manhattan, which features works from the early 20th century.   He served as Chairman of the Museum of Modern Art, one of the world’s leading art institutions, from 1995 until 2005 and now fills the role of Honorary Chairman of the Museum. Among many other commitments, he is a charter trustee of the University of Pennsylvania, where he co-founded the Joseph H. Lauder Institute of Management and International Studies with his brother Leonard in 1983.

    Mr. Lauder is Chairman of Central European Media Enterprises, Ltd., a leading television broadcast company in Central Eastern Europe which he founded in 1994.  He is also the founder and Chairman of RWL Water Group, with focus on water, wastewater and energy recovery.  At the same time, Ronald Lauder continues his many philanthropic and cultural endeavors in New York and throughout the world.

    Sara Moss Executive Vice President and General Counsel

    Sara E. Moss is Executive Vice President and General Counsel of The Estée Lauder Companies. She is responsible for the worldwide legal activities of the Company and its subsidiaries, including Board of Directors, corporate governance, acquisitions, U.S. and global filings, government relations, intellectual property, licensing, litigation and global security. She serves on the Company’s Investment Development Committee, Fiduciary Investment Committee, Executive Leadership Committee, Program Management Team, Diversity Committee and is Chair of the Company’s Ethics and Compliance Committee.

    Before joining The Estée Lauder Companies in 2003, Ms. Moss held the position of Senior Vice President and General Counsel at Pitney Bowes Inc., which she joined in 1996. Prior to joining Pitney Bowes, Ms. Moss was a senior litigation partner at Howard, Smith & Levin (now Covington & Burling), a New York City-based law firm. From 1978 to 1981, she served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York, where she prosecuted a wide range of federal cases. Prior to that, she practiced at Davis Polk & Wardwell and was a law clerk for the Honorable Constance Baker Motley, U.S. District Judge in the Southern District of New York. Ms. Moss is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Massachusetts and New York University Law School.

    Ms. Moss has received the Chambers Outstanding In-House Lawyer of the Year Award, the NYU Outstanding Alumna Award, the Anti-Defamation League Human Relations Award, the NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund “Aiming High” Award, the Minority Corporate Counsel Diversity Award, the Pro Bono Partnership Outstanding Contribution Award, and the Anastasia D. Kelly Transformative Leadership Award. She serves on the Board of Trustees of NYU Law School, the Board of Directors of the Legal Aid Society, the Board of Directors of the New York Common Pantry, and the Board of Directors of the M.A.C AIDS Fund. She has taught trial advocacy at Harvard Law School and the National Institute for Trial Advocacy. Since 2002, she has participated in Fortune Magazine’s Most Powerful Women in Business forum.

    Michael O’Hare Executive Vice President, Global Human Resources

    Michael O'Hare is Executive Vice President, Global Human Resources, at The Estée Lauder Companies, Inc., one of the world's leading manufacturers and marketers of quality skin care, makeup, fragrance and hair care products. Mr. O’Hare has held this position since September 2013. He reports to the Company’s Executive Chairman, William P. Lauder, and President and Chief Executive Officer, Fabrizio Freda.
     
    Overseeing a global network of Human Resources (HR) professionals, Mr. O’Hare works closely with all business operations of the Company, directing the recruitment, retention, compensation, and development of the Company’s 38,000 employees. Mr. O’Hare has more than 20 years of experience directing and guiding teams around the world.
     
    Before joining The Estée Lauder Companies, Mr. O'Hare was Global Chief Human Resources Officer for the Netherlands-based company Heineken N.V.  As a member of Heineken’s executive committee, he helped integrate acquired operations in Mexico, Brazil, Southeast Asia, Ethiopia, Haiti and Nigeria.  Working closely with Heineken’s board of directors, Mr. O’Hare led the company’s governance, compensation and talent development programs, establishing a top Human Resources function that supports Heineken’s more than 85,000 employees across 70 countries.
     
    Prior to his time at Heineken, Mr. O’Hare spent 13 years at PepsiCo Inc., where he held a variety of senior HR roles culminating in the position of Chief Personnel Officer/Vice President for Asia Pacific. In this role, he oversaw all HR activities in the region across more than 40 business units and joint ventures.

    Mr. O’Hare was born in Northern Ireland and has lived and worked in Europe, the United States and Asia.  After graduating from the University of Dundee in Scotland, he went on to receive a Masters of Economics from the London School of Economics and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Chicago.

    Gregory F. Polcer Executive Vice President, Global Supply Chain

    Greg Polcer was named Executive Vice President, Global Supply Chain for The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. in July 2008. Mr. Polcer oversees the Company's end-to-end supply chain, including procurement, manufacturing, planning, quality assurance and logistics. He reports to President and Chief Executive Officer Fabrizio Freda and is a member of the Executive Leadership Team.
     
    Mr. Polcer is a business executive with more than 30 years of increasing and varying responsibilities in the Americas and globally. Prior to joining The Estée Lauder Companies, he was Senior Vice President of Supply Chain at Unilever. During his tenure there, Mr. Polcer led the development of a corporate-wide initiative for defining the processes, project plan and delivery of a center-led procurement capability. In this role, Mr. Polcer was successful in delivering a sustainable cost and overall long term value benefit. Prior to his time with Unilever, Mr. Polcer worked with Playtex Inc. and J.C. Penney in various business roles.
     
    Mr. Polcer is a seasoned business leader who prides himself on his team-based orientation, with an ability to create and develop strong teams. Throughout his career, Mr. Polcer has demonstrated a commitment to leading and improving global supply chain capabilities. With a unique combination of supply chain, finance and category management experience, Mr. Polcer is focused on continuing to increase efficiencies and enhance the Company’s operating effectiveness.
     
    Mr. Polcer earned his Master of Business Administration degree from St. John’s University and graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Business Administration from Dowling College. He lives in New York with his wife Maureen.

    Cedric Prouvé Group President, International

    Cedric Prouvé became Group President, International, for The Estée Lauder Companies in January, 2003. Mr. Prouvé is responsible for sales and profits for the Company in all markets outside of North America and for all activities of its sales affiliates and distributor relationships worldwide. He collaborates closely with the Company’s Group and Brand Presidents to integrate all global marketing strategies in the international markets. He also oversees the Company's Travel Retail business.
     
    Previously, Mr. Prouvé was President and General Manager of The Estée Lauder Companies’ Japanese affiliate from August 2000 to December 2002. In this role he better positioned the Company to meet the challenges of the rapidly changing Japanese cosmetics market.
     
    From April 1997 to August 2000, Mr. Prouvé was Vice President, General Manager, Travel Retailing Worldwide. In this position he effectively met the challenges of the abolition of duty-free trading within the European Economic Community and the 1998 currency shocks in Asia/Pacific, while proactively managing the opportunities arising from the introduction of new brands and specialized marketing programs for the Travel Retail channel. He joined The Estée Lauder Companies in 1994 as General Manager, Travel Retailing, Asia/Pacific Region, and was given the added responsibility of General Manager of the Company's Singapore affiliate in 1995.
     
    Prior to joining The Estée Lauder Companies, Mr. Prouvé spent nine years with the L’Oréal Group in sales and management positions of increasing responsibility in the Americas and Pacific Rim.
     
    Mr. Prouvé was born in France and educated in France and the United States. He holds a Master of Science degree in Marketing Research and Marketing Management from the University of Kansas and he completed Harvard University’s Advanced Management Program. He lives in New York with his wife, Blanca, and their two children.​​

    Tracey T. Travis Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

    Tracey T. Travis is Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of The Estée Lauder Companies Inc., a position she has held since August 20, 2012. She is responsible for the classic finance functions, including Internal and External Reporting, Treasury, Taxation, Risk Management, Internal Control, Operations Finance and Investor Relations.  In addition, Ms. Travis is a member of several of the Company’s senior management leadership groups, including the Executive Leadership Team, Program Management Team, Investment Development Committee, Fiduciary Investment Committee and Corporate Risk Management Committee.

    Prior to joining our Company, Ms. Travis worked for a number of Fortune 500 consumer product companies in a variety of industries. Since 2005, Ms. Travis was Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Ralph Lauren Corporation, responsible for Global Finance, Internal Audit, Treasury, Tax, Business Development, Investor Relations and Global Information Technology.

    Previously, Ms. Travis was Senior Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Intimate Brands for Limited Brands, Inc. from 2001 to 2004. She also spent a decade at PepsiCo Inc. and the Pepsi Bottling Group, where she held operations management and finance roles. She began her career as an engineer and a senior financial analyst at General Motors Co.

    Ms. Travis graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering and in 2009 the University honored her with a Distinguished Alumni Award. She earned a Masters of Business Administration in finance and operations management from Columbia University.

    She is also a member of the Board of Directors of Campbell Soup Company, as well as on the boards of the Lincoln Center Theater and the Women’s Forum of New York.  She also sits on the Executive Advisory Board of the Program for Financial Studies at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business and is a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of Pittsburgh.

    Alexandra C. Trower Executive Vice President, Global Communications

    Alexandra C. Trower became Executive Vice President, Global Communications in April, 2008. She reports to William P. Lauder, Executive Chairman, The Estée Lauder Companies.
     
    Ms. Trower directs the Company’s overall communications strategy as it relates to consumers, employees and stockholders. She oversees the four specialties of Global Communications—Brand Communications, Corporate Communications, Internal Communications and Consumer Communications—and works closely with Investor Relations. In addition, she counsels senior corporate executives, brand presidents and others throughout the global organization on communications issues and events.
     
    Ms. Trower has more than 20 years experience in global communications, with a broad background in financial, corporate and consumer relations. Before joining The Estée Lauder Companies, Ms. Trower was Senior Vice President, Media Relations for Bank of America. Leading a 30-person team, Ms. Trower worked to enhance the company’s brand, image and reputation in the U.S. and abroad through integrated media, communications and marketing efforts. In addition, she served as a senior communications advisor to top management on business strategy, acquisitions, product introductions, customer issues, litigation and government relations.
     
    From 1997 to 2003, Ms. Trower was a Managing Director at JPMorgan Chase, where she was responsible for Corporate Communications at JPMorgan Fleming Asset Management. Prior to that, she spent 10 years at Chancellor LGT Asset Management, now part of Invesco, where she was Vice President of Corporate Communications.
     
    Ms. Trower graduated from Hollins University in Roanoke, Va. She is a member of its Alumnae Board of Directors.
     
    Ms. Trower lives in New York City with her husband and daughter.