The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. (NYSE:EL) announced today the appointment of Michael O’Hare as Executive Vice President, Global Human Resources. Mr. O’Hare will report jointly to William P. Lauder, Executive Chairman, and Fabrizio Freda, President and Chief Executive Officer. He assumes his new position on September 30, 2013.
Mr. O’Hare joins the Estée Lauder Companies from the Netherlands-based Heineken N.V., a family-controlled public company, where for the last four years he served as Global Chief Human Resources Officer and a member of the executive committee. 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 (HR) function supporting Heineken’s more than 85,000 employees across 70 countries. Additionally, he helped integrate acquired operations across Latin and South America, Southeast Asia and Africa.
Previously, Mr. O’Hare spent 13 years at PepsiCo, 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.
“I am very pleased to welcome Michael to the Estée Lauder Companies family. I am confident that his multi-faceted HR background will play an important role to help our Company continue to build, develop and grow our number one asset, our people,” Mr. Lauder said.“Michael is a highly seasoned HR executive with broad global experience and an exceptional track record in building teams in new and emerging markets,” Mr. Freda said. “His deep understanding of organizational alignment will be integral to the ongoing implementation of our corporate strategy, which is a key to our future success.”
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