Mr. Antoine VANLAEYS, current Operations Director for the Asia-Pacific Zone, will succeed Barbara Lavernos as Chief Operations Officer. As such, he will join the Group's Executive Committee. Antoine Vanlaeys joined the Group 2002 and managed multiple responsibilities within Operations. In 2011, he was appointed Director of Operations for L'Oréal Luxe, where he overhauled the operating model to support the growth of all brands. In 2016, he was appointed as Director of Operations for the Asia-Pacific region, which has since become the Group's leading geographical zone.
He orchestrated with his teams the acceleration of e-commerce in the region, particularly in China, where online sales now account for more than half of our sales. He also strengthened the local production capacities and the supplier network, while being heavily involved in reinforcing the Group's commitments in terms of Safety, Quality and Environment, notably through the emblematic project that enabled L'Oréal China to become Carbon Neutral in 2019.
According to Jean-Paul Agon, “Antoine is an extremely versatile manager, recognised by all for his strategic vision, his drive and his very strong ability to anticipate. He is experienced in all areas of Operations, in different Zones and Divisions. He understands the challenges of our business and will be able to provide his in-depth expertise regarding Supply Chain, which is one of the key challenges for the Group in the future. He is a great leader, who is most legitimate and has my complete confidence to lead the 20,000 employees in Operations and support the Group’s conquests. I am very pleased to welcome him to the Executive Committee.”
These nominations will be effective as of February 1st 2021.