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Executive Officers

Our team of senior executives is focused on strategically growing our business for the long term. They bring multi-national talent, creativity and humanity to the leadership of our organization.

William P. Lauder

William P. Lauder

Executive Chairman

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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 an Emeritus Trustee on the Trinity School Board 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 Breast Cancer Research Foundation, the 92nd Street Y, 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.

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Fabrizio Freda

Fabrizio Freda

President and Chief Executive Officer

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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 the University of Naples Federico II and holds a degree in Economics and Business Administration. In 2012, he was appointed to the Board of Directors of BlackRock Inc. In 2013, Mr. Freda was appointed to the Advisory Board of the Global Business Initiative at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. In 2015, Mr. Freda was awarded Italy’s prestigious Cavaliere del Lavoro by President Sergio Mattarella.

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John Demsey

John Demsey

Executive Group President

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John Demsey

Executive Group President

John Demsey is Executive Group President, The Estée Lauder Companies Inc., a position he has held since January 2016. In this role, he oversees a wide portfolio of brands, including Aramis & Designer Fragrances and the Men’s Skincare Group, Bobbi Brown, Bumble and bumble, By Kilian, Clinique, Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle, GLAMGLOW, Jo Malone London, Le Labo, M·A·C, Prescriptives, RODIN olio lusso, Smashbox and Tom Ford Beauty. In addition, Mr. Demsey leads the Company’s Center of Excellence for Creative, continuing to advance capabilities, processes and talent development in this area for the company. Prior to serving as Executive Group President, John served as Group President, The Estée Lauder Companies Inc., a position he held since 2006.

Mr. Demsey is a creative visionary, strategic thinker and accomplished brand builder. Throughout his career he has shown a unique ability to establish a brand’s authority, keep it fresh and respect its heritage. By continually developing innovative products, cultivating new markets and establishing an unprecedented link between beauty, fashion, entertainment, celebrity and pop culture, the brands he has led have enjoyed unparalleled growth and expansion.

Mr. Demsey joined The Estée Lauder Companies in 1991 as Vice President, Sales, for the Estée Lauder brand in its West Coast region, and was later promoted to SVP of Sales for the brand in 1993. He held several positions with the brand in the New York headquarters and in the field, and was instrumental in expanding its business and increasing market share.

In 1998, Mr. Demsey was appointed President of M·A·C. Mr. Demsey built the small, niche makeup artist brand into a global cosmetics powerhouse. Distribution expanded from 19 markets to more than 75 and, today, M·A·C is the top-ranked prestige makeup brand in the U.S. and is distributed in more than 100 countries/territories worldwide.

In January 2005, Mr. Demsey was named Global Brand President of Estée Lauder and M·A·C, and also assumed responsibility for Tom Ford Beauty and Prescriptives. Mr. Demsey revitalized the Estée Lauder brand’s image, signing new spokesmodels—most recently,Kendall Jenner—and focusing its growth on high-performance skin care in Asia, particularly China. Estée Lauder is now the leading prestige beauty brand in its distribution in Asia/Pacific, as well as China. For the past decade, Mr. Demsey has worked closely with fashion designer Tom Ford to create Tom Ford Beauty’s successful Private Blend and Signature fragrances and Tom Ford Cosmetics Collection.

Mr. Demsey also serves as Chairman of the M·A·C AIDS Fund, which has raised more than $400 million in the fight against HIV/AIDS, spearheading the wildly successful M·A·C VIVA GLAM celebrity campaigns. Mr. Demsey is active in several other AIDS/health-related organizations.

Before joining The Estée Lauder Companies, Mr. Demsey was 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 merchandising positions with Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s, Benetton and Saks Fifth Avenue.

Mr. Demsey earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Stanford University and a Master of Business Administration degree from New York University. He was inducted into the Fragrance Foundation Hall of Fame in 2015. He lives in New York City with his daughter.

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Carl Haney

Carl Haney

Executive Vice President, Global Research and Development (R&D), Corporate Product Innovation, Package Development

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Carl Haney

Executive Vice President, Global Research and Development (R&D), Corporate Product Innovation, Package 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.

Since joining The Estée Lauder Companies, Mr. Haney has led a world-class team of talent to drive the Company’s robust consumer-inspired and creativity-driven pipeline of products. Under Mr. Haney’s leadership, the Company has expanded its local relevance efforts through innovation centers in Korea and California, fueling innovation across the Company’s brand portfolio and helping to bring emerging consumer and technology trends to market. Mr. Haney has helped to establish partnerships with best-in-class internal and external collaborators and significantly increase the Company’s patent holdings and speed to market.

Mr. Haney joined The Estée Lauder Companies following a more than 25-year career at The Procter & Gamble Company (P&G). During his tenure at P&G, Mr. Haney held numerous leadership positions around the world in the Home, Health, Grooming and Beauty categories, including Vice President, R&D, Male Grooming, Gillette, Braun and Devices, where he led teams across innovation, 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 has served and advised on multiple boards, including the New England Conservatory’s Board of Overseers & Visitors, Corium International, and a number of digital start-ups across education, technology, marketing, media and clean energy.

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Leonard A. Lauder

Leonard A. Lauder

Chairman Emeritus

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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.

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 the Company 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 through June 2009. Under his leadership, the Company launched many brands, including Aramis, Clinique, Lab Series and Origins. Beginning in the mid-1990s, the company also began expanding through acquisitions, including Aveda, Bobbi Brown, Jo Malone London, 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 Emeritus 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 Co-Chairman of the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation; Co-Chairman of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation Board of Directors; a member of the Council on Foreign Relations; Chairman Emeritus and Lifetime Trustee of the Aspen Institute Board of Directors, as well as former 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. Among his honors, he has been named an Officier de la Légion d’Honneur by France and recognized by the U.S. Navy Supply Corps Foundation with its Distinguished Alumni Award. The Lauder family received the esteemed 2011 Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy in recognition of its long-standing commitment to philanthropy and public service. Mr. Lauder was the 2013 recipient of the Palazzo Strozzi Renaissance Man of the Year Award. Most recently, he was named a 2014 Living Landmark by the New York Landmarks Conservancy.

Mr. Lauder was married to Evelyn H. Lauder (Senior Corporate Vice President for The Estée Lauder Companies Inc.) from 1959 until she passed away in 2011. They had two sons together, William (Executive Chairman, The Estée Lauder Companies) and Gary (Managing Partner, Lauder Partners LLC), and five grandchildren.

On January 1, 2015, Mr. Lauder married Judy Glickman Lauder, an internationally recognized philanthropist and photographer whose work is represented in more than 300 public and private collections including the J. Paul Getty Museum and the Whitney Museum of American Art.

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Ronald S. Lauder

Ronald S. Lauder

Chairman, Clinique Laboratories, LLC

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Ronald S. Lauder

Chairman, Clinique Laboratories, LLC

Ronald S. Lauder is the younger son of Estée and Joseph Lauder and, like his brother, Leonard, learned the family business at the dinner table. He formally joined the company in 1964, beginning his career in the Oevel, Belgium factory. His executive roles began when he became General Manager of Clinique Laboratories in 1985, and he has served as Chairman since 1995. Mr. Lauder was instrumental in the creation of Prescriptives and served as Chairman of Estée Lauder International from 1987 to 2002. He also served as a member of The Estée Lauder Companies’ Board of Directors from 1968 to 1986 and 1988 to 2009. He was re-elected to the Board in November 2016.

In 1983, Mr. Lauder took a leave from The Estée Lauder Companies to serve in the U.S. Pentagon as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for European and NATO Affairs. In 1986, he was appointed Ambassador to Austria by President Ronald Reagan. Upon his return from Vienna in 1987, he established the Ronald S. Lauder Foundation, which now has 35 Jewish schools, kindergartens and summer camps throughout 15 countries in Eastern Europe. Over 7,500 children attend these schools today, and 2,500 children attend the summer camps. Over the years, the Foundation has educated more than 30,000 children in a region that was devoid of Jewish scholarship and has helped build thriving Jewish communities throughout this area. Mr. Lauder also created an International Student Exchange Program between Jewish high school students in New York and Vienna.

In addition to his international interests, Mr. Lauder has long been committed to civic causes and public policy issues at home. A political activist on the state and national level, he was a contender for Mayor of New York City in 1989.

In June 2007, Mr. Lauder was elected to lead the World Jewish Congress, and has served as the organization’s President ever since. In this capacity, Mr. Lauder meets with heads of countries, diplomats and religious leaders, representing Jewish communities in 100 countries around the world.

In February of 1999, Mr. Lauder was elected Chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations. His selection by the Conference followed his election in 1997 as President of the Jewish National Fund of which he now serves as Chairman.

Mr. Lauder also serves as Chairman of the International Public Committee of the World Jewish Restitution Organization; Chairman of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation Committee; Chairman of the Jewish Heritage Council; Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Sakharov Archives at Brandeis University; Director of the International Board of Governors of the International Society for Yad Vashem; and is a member of the United States Holocaust Memorial Council, the Board of Directors of the Jewish Theological Seminary; the Board of Directors of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee; the Board of Trustees of the Anti-Defamation League Foundation; the International Auschwitz Council; and the International Board of Governors of the Tel Aviv Museum.

Mr. Lauder is the Founder and Chairman of the New York based Water Holding Group RWL Water, LLC, an international water company. He is also Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Joseph H. Lauder Institute of Management and International Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. In 1998, Mr. Lauder co-founded the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation together with his brother, Leonard A. Lauder. They serve together as co-Chairmen of the Foundation.

A renowned art collector, Mr. Lauder has established one of the world’s greatest private collections. He was Chairman of the Museum of Modern Art from 1995 to 2005 and now serves as the museum’s Honorary Chairman. In 2001, he established the Neue Galerie New York, of which he is President. The museum is dedicated to German and Austrian art. Mr. Lauder established the Commission for Art Recovery in 1997, which advocates and fights for the recovery of Nazi looted art.

Among his honors, Mr. Lauder received the International Emmy Directorate Award by the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in 2006. He received, together with his wife, Jo Carole Lauder, the Andrew Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy in 2011, and in 2013, Mr. Lauder was named an Officier de la Légion d’Honneur by President Hollande of France. He was decorated with Germany’s highest honor, the Commander’s Cross of the Order of Merit, in 2015 and was awarded the Guardian of Zion prize by the Ingeborg Rennert Center for Jerusalem Studies at Bar Ilan University in 2016. Mr. Lauder also received honorary doctoral degrees from Ben Gurion University in 2009 and from Yeshiva University in 2011.

Mr. Lauder was born on February 26, 1944. He graduated from the Bronx High School of Science in New York and holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Business from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He studied at the University of Paris and received a Certificate in International Business from the University of Brussels. Mr. Lauder married Jo Carole Knopf in July of 1967. They have two children and two grandchildren. The family resides in New York City.

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Sara E. Moss

Sara E. Moss

Executive Vice President and General Counsel

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Sara E. 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, government relations, intellectual property, licensing, litigation and global security. She serves on the Company’s Investment Development Committee, Fiduciary Investment Committee, Executive Leadership Committee, 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. Since 2002, she has participated in Fortune Magazine’s Most Powerful Women in Business forum.

Sara lives in New York with her husband, Michael and has four grown children.

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Michael O'Hare

Michael O'Hare

Executive Vice President, Global Human Resources

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Michael O'Hare

Executive Vice President, Global Human Resources

Michael O'Hare is Executive Vice President, Global Human Resources, at The Estée Lauder Companies, 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 44,000 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 HR 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 Master of Economics from the London School of Economics and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago.

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Gregory F. Polcer

Gregory F. Polcer

Executive Vice President, Global Supply Chain

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Gregory F. Polcer

Executive Vice President, Global Supply Chain

Gregory F. Polcer was named Executive Vice President, Global Supply Chain, The Estée Lauder Companies Inc., in 2008. In this role, Mr. Polcer oversees the Company’s end-to-end supply chain, including procurement, manufacturing, planning, quality assurance and logistics.

Mr. Polcer, a member of the Company’s Executive Leadership Team, is a seasoned business leader with more than 30 years of experience across multiple disciplines, including supply chain, finance and brand general management. Since joining the Company, Mr. Polcer has led numerous enterprise-wide efforts to increase efficiency and operational effectiveness and drive value for the organization, including overseeing the Company’s Strategic Modernization Initiative globally. 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.

During his tenure with the Company, Mr. Polcer has infused his team-based approach to business to develop strong teams worldwide and advance collaboration across business areas. Under his leadership, the Global Supply Chain has successfully created a fully integrated organization driving best practices in manufacturing, procurement, quality and safety across all brands and regions.

Mr. Polcer collaborates with R&D and the Company’s technology community to leverage emerging trends, drive innovation and improve current processes.

Prior to joining The Estée Lauder Companies, Mr. Polcer was Senior Vice President of Supply Chain at Unilever. During his tenure there, he 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 roles.

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.

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Cedric Prouvé

Cedric Prouvé

Group President, International

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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 and functions 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.

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Tracey T. Travis

Tracey T. Travis

Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

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Tracey T. Travis

Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Tracey Travis was named Executive Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer of The Estée Lauder Companies in August, 2012 with responsibilities for Global Finance, Accounting, Investor Relations, Information Technology and Strategy and New Business Development. Previously, Ms. Travis was Senior Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer at Ralph Lauren Corporation from January 2005 to July 2012, with responsibility for worldwide corporate finance, inclusive of accounting, financial planning and analysis, treasury, tax and business development as well as investor relations and information technology. During her tenure, Ms. Travis led work related to the acquisitions of licensed brands/geographies, capital structure efforts, strategic business plans, investor relations strategy, and a major global systems transformation.

Ms. Travis was with Limited Brands in Columbus, Ohio, first as Chief Financial Officer of Intimate Brands Inc. from 2001 to 2002 and as Senior Vice President of Finance for Limited Brands from 2002 to 2004, with responsibility for operational finance for all divisions, corporate capital planning, corporate forecasting, budgeting and strategic planning. From 1999 to 2001 Ms. Travis was Chief Financial Officer of the Americas Group of American National Can, where she led both the Finance and Information Technology groups. Prior to this position, she held various management positions at Pepsico/Pepsi Bottling Group from 1989 to 1999, including Group Manager, New Products, where she assisted in the development of the business plans for Pepsi’s entrance into non—soft drink beverage categories; General Manager, where she led the manufacturing, distribution and market development of beverages for the Howell, Michigan, market unit; and Chief Financial Officer, Michigan Business Unit. She began her career at General Motors, first as an engineer; then, after being awarded a GM Fellowship to pursue her MBA, returned to General Motors as a financial executive, working in accounting and on various international product programs, joint ventures and divestitures.

Ms. Travis served on the board of Jo-Ann Stores Inc. (JAS) for eight years until the company was sold to private equity investors in March 2011, and chaired the JAS Audit Committee for four years. She currently serves on the boards of the Campbell Soup Company and the Lincoln Center Theater. She is also a Trustee on the Boards of the University of Pittsburgh and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business.

Ms. Travis was recognized in 2005 by Treasury and Risk magazine as one of the Top 25 Women in Finance, and in 2012 as one of the 100 most influential people in Finance. In 2008 she was granted the Best CFO award by Institutional Investor magazine. In 2009 she was named one of the Top 100 African Americans in Corporate America by Black Enterprise magazine. In 2009 Ms. Travis also received a Distinguished Alumni award from her alma mater, the University of Pittsburgh. In 2011 Ms. Travis was asked to serve as an inaugural member of the Wall Street Journal’s CFO Forum.

Ms. Travis received a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and an MBA in Finance and Operations Management from Columbia University.

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Alexandra C. Trower

Alexandra C. Trower

Executive Vice President, Global Communications

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Alexandra C. Trower

Executive Vice President, Global Communications

Alexandra C. Trower is Executive Vice President, Global Communications, a position she assumed in 2008. In this role, Ms. Trower oversees brand, corporate, social, crisis, philanthropic and Lauder family communications. She serves on the Executive Leadership Team, is an Executive Officer of the company and reports directly to William P. Lauder, Executive Chairman of The Estée Lauder Companies.

Ms. Trower has more than 25 years of experience, with diverse expertise in financial, corporate, consumer and crisis communications. Before joining The Estée Lauder Companies, Ms. Trower was Senior Vice President, Media Relations for Bank of America. In this role, she led a 30-person team, working 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, crisis management 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 her most recent role was Vice President of Corporate Communications.

Ms. Trower graduated from Hollins University, a women’s college in Roanoke, Virginia. She serves on the University’s Board of Trustees and is a member of the Board’s Executive Committee. Ms. Trower also serves as Co-Chair of the Board of Directors of the International Women’s Media Foundation, and is a member of the Board of The Estée Lauder Companies Charitable Foundation and the Secular Society, both of which are committed to supporting girls and women with a particular focus on education.

Ms. Trower lives in New York City with her husband and daughter.

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