An Verhulst-Santos earned her Bachelor Degree in Commercial Engineering from the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management at the University of Brussels and a Master's Degree in Fashion Management from the Institut Français de la Mode in Paris. She began her career in 1992 with L'Oréal Professional Products in Belgium, where she became Marketing Director of L'Oréal Professional. In 1998, her job expanded the Europe zone, and then she was appointed General Manager of the Professional Products Division in Holland in 2000. In 2005, she successfully managed the same division in Brazil, and then in the United States from 2009. In January 2011, she joined L'Oréal's Executive Committee as President Professional Products Division.