Among many storied careers that have resided under the Estée Lauder name, Thia Breen comes to mind quickly. The longtime executive has has a long and storied tenure, though she is officially bringing it to it’s inevitable end.
Breen has announced that she will be retiring from the position of group president of North America at Estée Lauder Companies Inc. Having spent forty years working for the brand, she leaves a lasting impression on both Estée Lauder and the industry as a whole.
Ultimately, Chris Good will assume her duties while Philippe Warnery succeeds him in tern for the position of senior vice president and general manager of their operations in the U.K. and Ireland. The cumulative changes will take effect on July 1st.
“Thia is an exceptional leader and visionary, as well as a strong role model and mentor to leaders, particularly women leaders, in the business,” stated Estée Lauder executive chairman, William P. Lauder. “Her signature leadership across our brands and in North America has made an indelible mark on our company. As we congratulate Thia and reflect on her incredible career, we are also thrilled to welcome Chris and Philippe into their respective new roles to continue leading growth in North America and the U.K. and Ireland.”
President and chief executive officer, Fabrizio Freda, also commented on Breen’s lasting influence on the brand.
“Thia’s outstanding professional achievements and her impressive career trajectory from Clinique Account Executive to Group President will continue to inspire all of us to push the boundaries of leadership growth. Today’s announcement reflects the Company’s thoughtful succession planning philosophy, which is grounded in a passion for the growth and development of our people to reach their highest potential. Chris and Philippe will leverage their best-in-class leadership in go-to-market strategies, including digital innovation, as well as their operational expertise, to fuel sustainable and profitable growth in our two largest markets.”
While it is unfortunate to see the end of such a renowned career, Thia Breen leaves Estée Lauder having known that she has left behind a noticeable impact that will be felt for years to come.