Jean-Philippe Blanpain has an MA in philosophy, a degree in chemical engineering and a doctorate in molecular biology. He joined L’Oréal in 1990 as head of Industrial Chemistry in Belgium. After several operational positions in various plants, he was appointed Technical Director for Europe. He went on to become Head of the “Production and Logistics” Department, while also managing technical coordination for Asia and South America. In October 2005, he left for the US as Technical Director for North America. In June 2007, he was appointed Managing Director Operations worldwide and became a member of the Group Executive Committee.