Jean-Paul Agon has been the CEO of L’Oreal for nearly 10 years.
63 years old, Agon is originally from France. He has been part of the international cosmetics company since 1978 when he graduated from business college. His first role was as a product manager for Consumer Products at just 24 years of age. In the early 1980s, Agon moved on to become the General Manager of the Greek division of L’Oreal, and pioneered a successful business model for the region.
At the turn of the century, Agon launched Garnier Fructis range, as part of his role as president of L’Oreal USA. in 2006, Agon was appointed CEO of the whole company, and in 2011, took on the role as Chairman as well as this.
For the future of this globally influential giant of a company, Agon has a big, exciting vision. A large part of this vision is to expand into more and more developing countries, to win 1 billion new customers by the year 2020. Pretty mindblowing, right?
He is also passionate about the company taking social responsibility. He says “the leader in beauty must be exemplary in terms of the environment”. As part of this vision, L’Oreal have promised to cut by 50% their CO2 emissions, waste production and water consumption. He states that this is equally, if not more important than making profits.