It is the duty of the Board of Directors to serve as a prudent fiduciary for shareholders and to oversee the management of the Company's business. Our Board of directors is presently composed of nine directors. Directors are elected by the stockholders at the annual meeting of stockholders.
Chairman of the Board
Peter Harf joined the Board of Directors of Coty Inc. in 1996. Mr. Harf was Chairman of the Board of Coty Inc. from 2001 until 2011 and Chief Executive Officer of Coty Inc. from 1993 to 2001. He is Chief Executive Officer of Lucresca and Agnaten, which indirectly share voting and investment control over shares of the Company. Mr. Harf joined Joh. A. Benckiser SE. in 1981, serving the company in a variety of capacities, including Chairman and Chief Executive Officer since 1988. In September 2014, Mr. Harf became the chairman and member of the board of directors of Jimmy Choo PLC. In November 2013, he became a board member of Caribou Coffee Company, Inc. Prior to joining Joh. A. Benckiser, Mr. Harf was Senior Vice President of Corporate Planning at AEG-Telefunken, Frankfurt, Germany. He began his career at the Boston Consulting Group. Mr. Harf is Deputy Chairman of the Board of Directors of Reckitt Benckiser Group PLC, a director on the boards of directors of Peet’s Coffee & Tea Inc. and Jacobs Douwe Egberts B.V. and co-founder and Executive Chairman of DKMS. Mr. Harf was Chairman of the Board of Directors and a member of the audit committee of Anheuser-Busch InBev SA/NV until 2012. Mr. Harf holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard Business School and a Diploma and a Doctorate in Economics from the University of Cologne in Germany.Read more
Chief Executive Officer
Pierre Laubies is Coty’s Chief Executive Officer and a member of its Board of Directors.
Pierre is a seasoned business leader with nearly 30 years of experience in the consumer packaged goods industry. He has a strong track record of driving operational, commercial and financial turnarounds as well as instilling distinctive cultures.
Prior to joining Coty, Pierre served as CEO of Jacobs Douwe Egberts (JDE), one of the world’s leading coffee and beverage companies. In this role, he led the transformation and integration of JDE following the merger with Mondelēz’s coffee business, fully realizing the associated synergies, reducing the debt and driving strong financial performance as well as re-setting the company on a growth trajectory.
Prior to JDE, Pierre spent 25 years at Mars in a variety of roles across categories and markets. Most recently he served as President of the Global Pet Care division with responsibility for $14 billion in sales. Pierre created a compelling vision and growth strategy for the division, which resulted in strengthened global market share and financial performance. At Mars, Pierre also served as President of Europe and President of Latin America, among other roles.
Pierre has a Masters in Economics from Sciences Politiques Paris, Universite Sorbonne, and a Masters in Law from Universite Paris 2 Panthéon-Assas.
Pierre will be primarily based in Coty’s office in London.Read more
Bart Becht From September 2014 to September 2016, Bart served as Interim Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Coty overseeing the company’s operations and mergers and acquisitions agenda, including the merger with Procter & Gamble Specialty Beauty, and acquisitions of Bourjois, Beamly and Hypermacas’ Beauty and Personal Care Business.
Sabine brings to the Board 25 years of senior management experience in international consumer goods and an extensive track record in M&A. Sabine served as Chief Legal & Corporate Affairs Officer, Company Secretary and a member of the Executive Board of Management of Anheuser-Busch InBev since 2005. In this role, she led the global legal, regulatory, communications and CSR functions during the successful growth of the organization to one of the world’s top consumer products companies. During her tenure, she was also closely involved in three of the world’s largest and most complex cross-border M&A transactions.
Sabine began her career in commercial private practice and later moved to Diageo plc., where she held positions as General Counsel of the US, International Markets and Latin American businesses. She currently serves on several professional councils and not-for-profit boards. A US citizen of German and Indian origin, Sabine has lived and worked in Asia (India, Philippines), Europe (UK, Belgium) and the United States.Read more
Joachim Faber joined the Board of Directors of Coty Inc. in 2010. Mr. Faber is also the Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Deutsche Börse AG, Frankfurt, a member of the board of HSBC Holdings PLC, London, Chairman of the Shareholder Committee of JAB Holding Company s.á.r.l. and a member of the board of Allianz S.A., Paris. Mr. Faber was a member of the Supervisory Board of OSRAM Licht AG and the Chairman of its audit committee until June 30, 2014. Until 2011, Mr. Faber served as the Chief Executive Officer of Allianz Global Investors, a global asset management company, and a member of the management board of Allianz SE in Munich. Prior to joining Allianz in 1997, he worked for 14 years in various positions for Citicorp in Frankfurt and London. He serves on the board of German Cancer Aid in Bonn, the European School for Management and Technology in Berlin and is Chairman of the Investment Board of the Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft. Mr. Faber graduated from the University of Bonn with a degree in Law. He received his PhD degree from the Postgraduate National School of Public Administration Speyer, Germany after completing his research at the Sorbonne University in Paris, France.Read more
Olivier Goudet joined the Board of Directors of Coty Inc. in 2013. Mr. Goudet is Partner and CEO of the JAB Group, a position he has held since June 2012. He started his professional career in 1990 at Mars, Incorporated, serving on the finance team of the French business. After six years, he left Mars to join the VALEO Group, where he held several senior executive positions. In 1998, he returned to Mars, where he later became Chief Financial Officer in 2004. In 2008, his role was broadened, and he was appointed Executive Vice President and CFO. In June 2012, he became an Advisor to the Board of Mars. In January 2013, Mr. Goudet became the chairman of Peet’s Coffee & Tea Inc. In September 2013, Mr. Goudet was appointed as board member of Jacobs Douwe Egberts B.V. and in November 2013, Mr. Goudet also became the Chairman of Caribou Coffee Company, Inc. In September 2014, Mr. Goudet joined the board of Jimmy Choo PLC. In April 2015, he became the chairman of the board of directors of Anheuser-Busch InBev SA/NV. Mr. Goudet holds a Degree in Engineering from l’Ecole Centrale de Paris and graduated from the ESSEC Business School in Paris with a major in Finance.
We believe Mr. Goudet is well qualified to serve as a member of our Board. Mr. Goudet’s financial and executive experience, as well as his tenure as a director of other public companies, will be critical to his ability to identify, understand and address the challenges and opportunities that we will face.Read more
Director, Chair of Remuneration and Nomination Committee, Lead Independent Director
Erhard Schoewel Erhard Schoewel joined the Board of Directors of Coty Inc. in 2006 and serves as Chair of the Remuneration and Nomination Committee. From 1999 to 2006, he was Executive Vice President responsible for Europe at Reckitt Benckiser PLC. From 1979 to 1999 he held positions of increasing responsibilities at Benckiser. Prior to that, he worked for PWA Waldhof. In 2012, Mr. Schoewel was elected to the Supervisory Board of the Jahr Holding GmbH & Co. KG in Hamburg, Germany. He was Chairman of Birdseye Iglo Ltd London and a director of Phorms SE Berlin. Mr. Schoewel received a Diplom-Kaufmann degree from University of Pforzheim.Read more
Director, Chair of the Audit and Finance Committee
Robert Singer joined the Board of Directors of Coty Inc. in 2010, and serves as Chair of the Audit and Finance Committee. From 2006 to 2009 he served as Chief Executive Officer of Barilla Holding S.p.A., an Italian food company, and before that he served as the President and Chief Operating Officer of Abercrombie and Fitch Co. from May 2004 until August 2005. He served as Chief Financial Officer of Gucci Group N.V. from 1995 to 2004. Mr. Singer started his career at Coopers & Lybrand in 1977. Mr. Singer also serves as a director of Gianni Versace S.p.A. and a director and member of the audit committee of Mead Johnson Nutrition. He also serves as a director and chair of the audit committees of Tiffany & Co. and Jimmy Choo PLC. Mr. Singer has served as a senior advisor to CCMP Capital Advisors, LLC since 2011. He received a Bachelor of Arts Humanities degree from Johns Hopkins University, a Master of Arts degree in Comparative Literature from University of California, Irvine and graduated from New York University with a Master of Science in Accounting.Read more
|PAUL S. MICHAELS|
Paul S. Michaels joined the Board of Directors of Coty Inc. in June 2015. Prior to joining Coty Inc., Paul S. Michaels served as the President of Mars, Incorporated, parent company of William Wrigley Jr. Co., from January 2004 to January 2015. Mr. Michaels began his career at The Procter & Gamble Company and later moved to Johnson & Johnson, where he spent 15 years building many of the company’s flagship brands. Mr. Michaels holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Notre Dame.Read more