Stéphane Rinderknech, President & CEO, L'Oréal USA
Stéphane Rinderknech has spent 19 years at L'Oréal working in foreign markets, both in the Americas and Asia Pacific. In that time, Rinderknech has distinguished himself as a modern business leader known for operational excellence, visionary brand management, digital marketing innovation, a passion for beauty in all of its diverse expressions, and a commitment to corporate social responsibility, ethics and sustainability.
Rinderknech started his career at L'Oréal in Miami, Florida in 2001, as area manager of Lancôme South America within the Travel Retail Division. He was then appointed Director of the Biotherm and Helena Rubenstein brands for the Americas.
He was relocated to Japan in 2005 to take on the role of General Manager of Biotherm. In 2007, he was promoted to Deputy General Manager of Lancôme in Japan. After much success, he was then appointed General Manager of the L'Oréal Luxe Division in South Korea in 2008. In 2011, Rinderknech started his L'Oréal China journey, first as General Manager of L'Oréal Luxe and then as Head of the Consumer Products Division in 2015.
In 2016, Rinderknech was promoted to CEO of L'Oréal China, which, under his management, became the L'Oréal Group's second largest subsidiary and its fastest growing market. In recognition of his strong leadership and strategic acumen, Rinderknech was appointed as a new member of the Executive Committee of the L'Oréal Group in February 2018.
In October 2019, Rinderknech was appointed President and CEO of L'Oréal USA, the company's largest subsidiary, and Executive Vice President, North America.
Rinderknech is a graduate of the Institut Supérieur de Gestion (ISG) in Paris.
Stephane Charbonnier, Senior Vice President, Human Resources and Chief Human Resources Officer
Stephane Charbonnier is Senior Vice President of Human Resources and Chief Human Resources Officer for L’Oréal USA, as of February 2017.
In this role, Mr. Charbonnier is responsible for driving leadership and learning initiatives, developing talent and building an HR team with an “employee first” approach. He serves on the L’Oréal USA Strategic Committee and Human Resources Management Committee and reports to L’Oréal USA President and Chief Executive Officer, Frédéric Rozé and Executive Vice President of Human Resources, Jérôme Tixier.
Charbonnier is a solution-oriented leader with proven success building and leading multi-disciplinary HR teams within dynamic organizations. In 2013, he joined L’Oréal USA as the Vice President of Human Resources for the Company’s Consumer Products Division. Under Charbonnier’s leadership, his team supported digital transformation with the redesign of the Marketing and Integrated Marketing Communications teams and successfully integrated employees from NYX and the Multi-Cultural Beauty Division, which includes brands such as Carol’s Daughter and Softsheen-Carson. Prior to joining L’Oréal USA, he worked more than two decades in key HR leadership positions at Towers Watson, PepsiCo, Kraft Foods, American Express and McDonalds in Europe and in the United States.
Matthew DiGirolamo, Chief Communications Officer
Matthew DiGirolamo was appointed L’Oreal USA’s Chief Communications Officer in February 2015. Reporting directly to CEO Frédéric Rozé, Mr. DiGirolamo is responsible for protecting and promoting L’Oréal’s reputation in the U.S. by increasing the visibility of its product innovations, scientific expertise, business success, leadership and social contributions. In this role he directs the company’s communications strategy, overseeing all internal and external communications functions. Mr. DiGirolamo’s Corporate Communications Office partners with the company’s 30 leading beauty brands, across all divisions, to advance the organization’s “beauty for all” mission and its 2020 global sustainability commitments known as “Sharing Beauty With All.”
Mr. DiGirolamo joined L’Oreal USA in January 2014 and previously served as Vice President of External Communications. Prior to joining the company, he was a Los Angeles-based consultant leading strategic communications initiatives for a range of high-profile clients and projects, including Maria Shriver, The Shriver Report, Special Olympics, The Women's Conference, The California Endowment, U.S. Green Building Council and Live Earth.
Matthew DiGirolamo holds a BA in English Literature from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.
Gretchen Saegh-Fleming, Chief Marketing Officer
Gretchen Saegh-Fleming is the Chief Marketing Officer of L'Oréal USA, a position she was appointed to in 2018.
As Chief Marketing Officer, Gretchen is responsible for the entire marketing function of L'Oréal USA including driving new marketing models, digital innovations and strategic partnerships across the company’s portfolio of more than 30 iconic brands. Prior to her current role as Chief Marketing Officer, Gretchen served as a Senior Vice President of Digital and Marketing for L'Oréal USA’s Luxe division where she led direct-to-consumer business for luxury brands like Yves Saint Laurent Beauté, Giorgio Armani Beauty & Fragrance, Urban Decay, IT Cosmetics and Clarisonic.
Gretchen joined L'Oréal USA in 2012 as a Vice President of e-commerce and digital innovation within the Luxe division where she launched an omnichannel ecommerce strategy to engage and retain customers, and drove the digital transformation of the brands within the portfolio.
Before joining L'Oréal, Gretchen held various leadership roles at startups and at General Electric, where she launched GE’s digital “ecomagination” brand campaign and website in China, and led a digital rebranding effort for GE Healthcare.
Gretchen holds a Master’s Degree in business administration from Boston College and a Bachelor’s Degree in arts from Dartmouth College.
Bertrand Fontaine, President, SalonCentric
Bertrand Fontaine is President of SalonCentric, a position he has held since 2014. As President of SalonCentric, L’Oréal’s distribution arm for the Professional Products Division, Mr. Fontaine is responsible for managing company-wide system conversions, salon acquisitions, e-commerce strategy and culture development.
Mr. Fontaine joined L'Oréal in 1995, holding multiple positions in sales and marketing before leading L'Oréal ’s Professional Products Division in Japan and the United Kingdom in 2000. Prior to joining L'Oréal, Mr. Fontaine held many roles in human resources, IT and logistics.
Mr. Fontaine received an undergraduate degree from Lycée Henri-IV and a master’s degree in economics from Paris-Sorbonne University in France.
Nathalie Gerschtein, President, L’Oréal USA Consumer Products Division
Nathalie Gerschtein was appointed as President of L’Oréal USA Consumer Products Division in March 2019 and is responsible for the development of the division in the region.
Previously, Gerschtein was President of Maybelline New York, Garnier and essie in the U.S., a position she held since August 2018.
Nathalie started her career with L’Oréal 17 years ago in France as Marketing Director for L’Oréal Paris. In 2009, she led Garnier brand marketing for the European zone, and then moved to India in 2011 to lead the L’Oréal Paris and Garnier brands as General Manager.
Most recently, Gerschtein contributed to several achievements of L’Oréal Thailand, first as Consumer Products Division General Manager and then as Country Manager. Under her active leadership, L’Oréal Thailand became the organization’s strongest business in South Asia. Beyond the impressive business results, Gerschtein has been instrumental in modernizing L’Oréal Thailand, attracting and retaining many talents, and launching a promising e-commerce business.
Nathalie is a graduate from HEC Paris and London Business School.
Ali Goldstein, Brand President, L’Oréal Paris USA
Ali Goldstein is the Brand President of L’Oréal Paris USA, responsible for the strategy, development and growth of the world’s biggest beauty brand in the US market. Prior to her appointment in October of 2019, Ms. Goldstein served as General Manager, CPD New Ventures, supporting the President and Management Committee of the Consumer Products Division. Ms. Goldstein also previously played a strategic role as the SMART/Simplicity PMO for CPD.
Ms. Goldstein joined L’Oréal in 2001 and grew from Assistant Marketing Manager to Assistant Vice President, Marketing within the L’Oréal Paris Division working on the haircolor brands and then on the Anti-Aging skincare brands. In 2008, Ms. Goldstein joined the Maybelline marketing team overseeing the Eye category and was promoted to Vice President, Maybelline Marketing in March 2010. From 2010 to 2013, Ms. Goldstein led the Maybelline US Marketing team to reclaim the position as the #1 cosmetics brand in the United States surpassing $1B in retail sales. In 2013, Ms. Goldstein transitioned to Garnier as the SVP, Marketing and led the total Garnier brand until 2017 with highlights including the launch of Whole Blends and the Micellar Cleansing Water. In addition, in 2016, Garnier received the WWD Beauty Inc. “Brand of the Year” award under Ali’s leadership.
Ms. Goldstein graduated from Cornell University with a BS in Policy Analysis and received an MBA from Harvard Business School.
David Greenberg, President, Professional Products Division
David Greenberg was appointed to Group President of Professional Products Division North America in 2017 and will hold direct responsibility for the division’s U.S. and Canada operations and SalonCentric. In this role, Greenberg will continue to grow brand activities across both markets by leveraging SalonCentric and seizing new opportunities to further develop the professional brand portfolio.
Mr. Greenberg joined L'Oréal in 1993 in the L'Oréal Paris (then L'Oréal Haircare) Division as a marketing manager on Studio Line. Mr. Greenberg then held various roles before becoming Vice President of marketing for haircolorants and haircare. During this time, he developed and launched Feria haircolor which helped L'Oréal take leadership in the category.
In 1999, Mr. Greenberg became General Manager, Consumer Products Division, at L'Oréal Mexico. There Mr. Greenberg launched Garnier colorants, skincare and haircare, increasing the business dramatically over four years.
Mr. Greenberg returned to New York at the end of 2003 to become Worldwide General Manager of Matrix in the Professional Products Division. While there, Mr. Greenberg launched Matrix into over 20 countries, including China & the Middle East.
At the end of 2004, Mr. Greenberg became SVP Human Resources for L'Oréal USA. He was named President of Maybelline New York-Garnier in July of 2008. Mr. Greenberg was given responsibility of Essie Cosmetics in 2010.
Mr. Greenberg holds an MBA from NYU Stern and a BA from Lehigh University.
Angela Guy, Senior Vice President, Diversity & Inclusion
Angela Guy is the Senior Vice President, Diversity and Inclusion for L’Oréal USA, the largest subsidiary of the L’Oréal Group, the world’s leading beauty company. Ms. Guy is responsible for shaping the diversity efforts for L’Oréal USA as a business imperative that highlights the value of all forms of beauty while respecting and reflecting the differences of our rapidly changing marketplace. She is a member of the L’Oréal USA Executive Committee and collaborates to align L’Oréal’s global diversity efforts. Ms. Guy reports directly to Frédéric Rozé, President and CEO, L’Oréal USA.
Prior to this appointment, Ms. Guy was Senior Vice President, General Manager of SoftSheen-Carson, the #1 ethnic haircare brand in the world, and a Consumer Division of L’Oréal USA. In this role, Ms. Guy oversaw all aspects of the SoftSheen-Carson brand in the U.S., Canada and the Caribbean. Ms. Guy also worked 19 years at Johnson & Johnson in Sales leadership positions throughout the USA and Canada; 3 years in Sales with Levi Strauss & Company, Accessories Division and 3 years in Retail Management with Hills Department Stores.
Ms. Guy has a B.A. in Psychology from Pennsylvania State University. She has attended Executive Leadership Programs at the University of California Los Angeles, Northwestern University and The Center for Creative Leadership.
Stephan Habif, Senior Vice President, Research & Innovation
Stephan Habif was appointed Senior Vice President, Research & Innovation, in January 2014. He is responsible for Research & Innovation for all divisions across L’Oreal Americas, which includes North America, Spanish -speaking Latin America and Brazil.
Prior to joining L’Oreal in 2013, Dr. Habif worked at Unilever in the Research and Development division, where he started his career in 1994. During his time there, Dr. Habif worked in positions across the spectrum of R&D from Advanced Research to Product Development in global and regional roles in the U.S., Mexico, Brazil, and Italy before being named Vice President of R&D North America and finally Global VP of R&D Packaging. He held various leadership positions in Formulation, Clinical Evaluation, Consumer Science, and Packaging and worked in diverse categories such as Skin Care, Skin Cleansing, Hair Care, Deodorants, Household Care, Ice Cream, Spreads and Dressings, and Beverages.
Dr. Habif received an Engineering Degree in Food Chemistry &Technology from the University of Bordeaux (ENSCPB) in France in 1989 and a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry (Colloids and Surface Science) from the City University of New York in 1994.
Carol Hamilton, Group President, Acquisitions
Carol Hamilton is the Group President of Acquisitions for L’Oreal USA. During her 35-year tenure at L’Oreal, she has been responsible for building the L’Oreal Paris flagship brand from an indie brand in the 80’s into the number 1 global beauty brand worldwide. In 2008, she took over the helm of the L’Oreal Luxury Division, tripling its sales in her 10-year tenure. Leading the successful acquisitions of Clarisonic, Urban Decay and It Cosmetics, she went on to run these brands - along with Kiehl’s Since 1851- globally. Most recently, she has been placed in charge of acquisitions for all divisions of L’Oreal. She has also been named one of Advertising Age’s Marketing 100 and 50 Most Powerful People in Marketing.
Throughout her career, Ms. Hamilton has been dedicated to numerous philanthropic causes all linked by her passion to better women and children’s lives. In 1997, L’Oreal made a long-term commitment to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund, raising over $14 Million for research to eradicate this disease. In 2005, she created the “Women of Worth” program, honoring women’s commitments to their local communities. In 2009, she spearheaded the Acqua for Life program with UNICEF for the Giorgio Armani Brand, and subsequently has joined the National Board for UNICEF. In the same year, she partnered with Lancôme to support St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.
Ms. Hamilton has an undergraduate degree from Vassar College.
Michael Kingston, Chief Information Officer, Americas Zone
Michael Kingston is Chief Information Officer for L'Oréal Americas Zone, a position he has held since June 2017.
In his current position, Mr. Kingston is responsible for IT strategy, infrastructure, program execution and system operations across L'Oréal’s subsidiaries in North and South America.
Prior to joining L'Oréal, Mr. Kingston led digital transformation projects in key markets for AlixPartners, a global management consulting firm. Prior to that, he held Chief Information Officer and Senior Vice President roles within Neiman Marcus and Ann Inc. He has also served as Vice President of Applications for Coach Inc. and Director of Information Services for LVMH Moet Hennessey Louis Vuitton.
Mr. Kingston received his Bachelor of Arts from William Paterson University and serves as a Columbia University Graduate Technology Mentor. In addition to his professional career, he is an avid Ironman competitor, successfully completing a world championship in 2010.
Martial Lalancette, Senior Vice President, Chief Talent Officer
Martial Lalancette is the Chief Talent Officer of L'Oréal Americas, a position he has held since 2014.
In his current role, Mr. Lalancette is responsible for all talent initiatives supporting the short and long term growth of the organization in the Americas, overseeing talent acquisition, career development and succession strategies.
Prior to becoming Chief Talent Officer, Mr. Lalancette served as Global Vice President of Human Resources for L'Oréal’s Active Cosmetics Division, leading talent strategies for L'Oréal’s fastest growing division.
Mr. Lalancette joined L'Oréal in 1983 as a Human Resources Director for L'Oréal Canada before holding roles like Human Resources Director for L'Oréal Global and Human Resources Vice President for L’Oréal USA in New York. In 2002, Mr. Lalancette was also named Senior Vice President of Human Resources for L’Oréal Canada, a position he held for 12 years.
Mr. Lalancette holds a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts from the Université de Sherbrooke in Canada.
Alanna McDonald, President, Maybelline, Garnier & essie
Alanna McDonald is the President of Maybelline New York, Garnier and essie. In this role, McDonald is responsible for all aspects of business leadership on the portfolio of brands and for accelerating their growth in the U.S. market.
McDonald is a general management and marketing executive with more than 20 years of experience in the consumer goods industry across diverse categories and has lived in the U.S., China, Hong Kong and Canada, and worked across six regions with global, regional and country business ownership.
Prior to joining L’Oréal, McDonald spent 18 years at Procter & Gamble in various roles.
Most recently, McDonald was the President of L’Oréal’s Consumer Products Division in Canada.
Passionate commitment to developing people and building collaborative relationships, McDonald is a seasoned traveler.
Alanna is a graduate of The University of Calgary.
David Morgan, Senior Vice President, Business Development
David Morgan was appointed Senior Vice President of Business Development of L'Oréal USA in January 2017.
A native of the UK, David has extensive international experience, living and working in France and the USA, covering each of the major L'Oréal geographic regions.
David joined L’Oreal in the UK in 1991, and subsequently spent 15 years in the Group headquarters in Paris. While at L'Oréal, he has head up multi-division Finance for the UK and the Asia Pacific, Latin America and Africa Middle East Zones, as well as globally for the Consumer Products Division.
David holds a degree from Durham University in the UK.
Alexandre Pagliano, Chief Financial Officer
Alexandre Pagliano was appointed Chief Financial Officer for L’Oréal USA in September, 2010.
Prior to coming to L’Oréal, Mr. Pagliano spent time in Brazil where he held positions at Banco Fator SA, Mesbla Department Stores and Banco Nacional/Unibanco. He joined L’Oréal in 1997 as Finance Director for L’Oréal Consumer Products Division, Brazil.
Mr. Pagliano has served in Europe as Finance Director for the Consumer Goods Division in France, and as CFO for the Consumer Division in Western Europe. Prior to joining the US Operations, Mr. Pagliano was the World Wide CFO for L’Oréal Active Cosmetics Division, the dermo cosmetics business of L’Oréal.
Mr. Pagliano received his undergraduate degree in economics from the American Presbiterian College – Mackenzie University in Sao Paulo, and his Master of Business Administration from IBMEC Business School in Rio de Janeiro.
Mr. Pagliano was recently named Chief Financial Officer for L’Oréal Americas where he reports directly to the President and CEO of L’Oréal Americas.
Marc-Alexandre Risch, Chief Retail Officer
Marc-Alexandre Risch was appointed Chief Retail officer of L'Oréal USA in June 2016.
In 2012, he was appointed General Manager of The Body Shop Canada. Along with his team, he successfully implemented a number of key initiatives, including strategic focus on retail excellence and the transformation of the brand’s real estate portfolio.
In 2010, he joined Garnier International as Axis Director Fructis and took over the responsibilities of International Marketing Director for Garnier Haircare (Fructis, Ultra Doux /Ultra Blends).
Risch joined the L’Oréal Group in March 2005 as the International Project Manager for Garnier and ascended quickly with numerous leadership positions.
Antonio Martinez-Rumbo, General Manager, Professional Products Division
Antonio Martinez-Rumbo is the General Manager of the Professional Products Division for L’Oréal USA, a position he assumed in 2017.
Prior to his current role, he was the Professional Products Division General Manager in Italy beginning in 2013 after having served as the General Manager in Portugal since 2010.
Mr. Martinez-Rumbo began his career at L’Oréal Spain in 1996 as a Marketing Product Manager and was promoted to Group Product Manager in 1998. Thereafter, he moved to a Regional Sales Manager role and then Key Account Manager before his first expat assignment in Portugal as Kérastase’s General Manager in 2004.
Antonio holds a degree in law and business management from San Pablo CEU University in Madrid, Spain and an MBA from IE Madrid.
Thomas Sarakatsannis, Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Americas Zone
Thomas Sarakatsannis is Senior Vice President, General Counsel for L’Oréal USA and the Americas Zone. In addition, he is the Ethics Correspondent for L’Oréal USA. He has held these positions since 2007.
In his current role, Mr. Sarakatsannis is responsible for all legal matters relating to L'Oréal USA. As Ethics Correspondent, Mr. Sarakatsannis works to maintain, integrate and enforce compliance of L'Oréal’s ethical principles for L’Oréal USA.
Prior to joining L’Oréal, Mr. Sarakatsannis held positions at Avon Products and the law firm of Taft, Stettinius & Hollister. Mr. Sarakatsannis also worked as an Assistant Press Secretary during the 1984 Vice Presidential and 1988 Presidential campaigns for President George H. W. Bush before attending law school.
Mr. Sarakatsannis received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University and his law degree from the University of Chicago. He is a recipient of a postgraduate Rotary International
Foundation Fellowship at Flinders University of South Australia.
Marc Toulemonde, President, Active Cosmetics Division
Marc Toulemonde is the Group President of L'Oréal USA and Canada's Active Cosmetics Divisions, a position he has held since 2016.
In his current role, Mr. Toulemonde oversees the division in charge of dermatological beauty in North America. He leads the brand strategies, innovation plans, digital transformation, and multi-channel distribution models (including drugstore and mass retailers, Amazon, specialty/department stores, dispensing physicians, premium spas, and direct-to-consumer e-boutiques) for the division. The brand portfolio includes CeraVe (the #1 dermatologist-recommended US skincare brand), SkinCeuticals (the #1 physician-dispensed US skincare brand), La Roche-Posay, Vichy, Dermablend and Acne Free.
Prior to becoming President of the Active Cosmetics Division, Mr. Toulemonde led SkinCeuticals as the brand's Global General Manager, accelerating domestic growth and leading the brand's international expansion throughout 20 countries, making SkinCeuticals a worldwide leader in premium medical skincare.
Mr. Toulemonde joined L'Oréal in 1995 as an Assistant Product Manager for Biotherm in Germany before holding multiple marketing roles for Garnier, L'Oréal Paris and Maybelline. In 2006 he served as General Manager for Global Travel Retail, managing global duty-free sales, marketing, and brand positioning for L'Oréal Paris and Maybelline. He was then General Manager of the Garnier - Maybelline business unit in Spain before joining the US in 2010.
Mr. Toulemonde obtained a master's in business administration from École Supérieure de Commerce de Paris-École. He is based at Hudson Yards, L'Oréal USA's New York Headquarters.
Megan Grant, President, L'Oréal Luxe USA
Megan Grant is the President of the Luxe Division, a position she has held since May 2019. In her role, Grant oversees the brand portfolio, business strategies, growth and retailer relationships within L’Oréal’s luxury division in the U.S. The brand portfolio includes Lancôme, Kiehl’s, Urban Decay, IT Cosmetics, YSL, Giorgio Armani, Ralph Lauren, and Viktor & Rolf.
Grant joined L’Oréal in 2002 as a Marketing Manager for L’Oréal Paris, where she was responsible for many iconic launches including True Match and Infallible Lip. In her seven-year tenure at the brand, Grant was instrumental in positioning L’Oréal Paris for growth and guiding it to become one of the top makeup brands in the mass market.
Returning to her love of skincare, Grant joined Kiehl’s Since 1851 as Vice President, Marketing in 2009. Within one year, Grant was promoted to Senior Vice President, followed by Deputy General Manager in 2013; a role in which she oversaw both Sales and Marketing for the brand. Through her strong leadership and business expertise, she has been instrumental in the continued success of the Kiehl’s brand in the U.S. market.
Grant holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Trinity College – Hartford.
Xavier Windal, Senior Vice President, Operations Americas
Xavier Windal was appointed Senior Vice President Corporate Operations for North America in 2013. Xavier has been with the L'Oréal group for almost 28 years and has held a variety of positions. He started in 1985 as Logistics Manager in the Soprocos Plant in France. In 1990, he was promoted as Plant Director for Faprogi - the Garnier plant in France. In 1997, he became plant manager for the Luxe plant in Sicos. In 1999, he was promoted to Operations Director for Lancôme International. In 2002, Xavier came back to CPD as Operations Director L'Oreal European zone. Most recently, Xavier was in charge of Operations for all CPD.
Xavier has had a very successful career and has been a key actor in the transformation and evolution of our manufacturing models. Under Xavier's leadership, the CPD plants in Europe were reorganized by production technology. Thanks to the implementation of manufacturing performance tools, the plants' productivity improved significantly as did the quality and safety levels. Xavier was also one of the first to demonstrate the necessity for development and packaging to work very closely with the business. He has been at the forefront of many manufacturing initiatives including the opening of our first "green" plant in Libramont and our first "wall to wall" to manufacture our bottles in-house.
Xavier has great people leadership skills. While demanding in terms of results, he is a team-player and a people developer.