L’Oréal Appoints Sanford Browne as President of Research & Innovation




NEW YORK, NY, January 27, 2022 – L’Oréal today announced the appointment of Sanford Browne as President of Research & Innovation (R&I) for its North America Zone. Browne will report to Stéphane Rinderknech, Chief Executive Officer of L’Oréal USA and President of North America Zone, as well as Barbara Lavernos, Deputy Chief Executive Officer in charge of Research, Innovation and Technology. He will also serve as a member of the L’Oréal USA’s Management Committee, as well as a member of the Global R&I Management Committee.


Browne assumes the role after serving as Senior Vice President of R&I for L’Oréal’s Asia-Pacific Zone, where he helped build a complete R&I division across the Zone, including the research Hubs of China and Japan, along with Seoul, Bangalore and Singapore. A great advocate for cultural diversity, Sanford made a strong contribution to developing local researchers in L’Oréal’s Asia-Pacific zone. He joined L’Oréal in 2013 as Vice President of R&I in China, where he was the major architect of research and strategic partnerships that drove the innovation needed to meet the specific consumer expectations of the market, growing business across all divisions. Prior to joining L’Oréal, Browne served in various research and leadership roles at Unilever and P&G.


“Cutting-edge science and technology are at the heart of our vision for a more sustainable, inclusive, personalized beauty future,” said Stéphane Rinderknech, CEO, L’Oréal USA and President, North America Zone. “Sanford brings with him an extensive knowledge of the expectations and beauty rituals of consumers, a track record of delivering on consumer-centric product innovation, and a drive to build our innovation capabilities through external strategic partnerships. His mission will be to strengthen our North American Research and Innovation hub and enable us to seize the consumer shifts that are key to our future success.”


Browne moves into a role that was previously held by Stephan Habif, who has recently retired from L’Oréal.


L’Oréal invests more than $1 billion in research and innovation annually with more than 4,000 people working in 7 of L’Oréal’s R&I centers around the world every day. This global R&I workforce discovers, invents and develops the company’s latest consumer products and services, providing a continuously improving response to the beauty needs and aspirations of consumers, while the products they create are ever more effective, and provide the highest standards of quality and safety.


For more information about L’Oréal Research & Innovation, visit: https://www.loreal.com/en/beauty-science-and-technology/beauty-research-and-innovation/.




About L'Oréal USA

L'Oréal USA is the largest subsidiary of the L'Oréal Group, the world’s leading beauty company. Through its management of over 35 iconic beauty brands, L’Oréal USA has generated more than $7 billion in sales annually. Products are available across all distribution channels including hair salons, department stores, mass market, pharmacies, medi-spas, e-commerce and more. L’Oréal USA’s commitment to growth is generated through sustainable innovation and driven by the company’s L’Oréal for the Future ambition which demonstrates sustainable development across the Group’s value chain. The company is headquartered in New York City, employs more than 11,000 people, and operates administrative, research, manufacturing and distribution facilities across 16 states.

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