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All of Coty is aligned behind a strong leadership team that defines our vision and values.

Biography PhotoPierre Laubies
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.

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Biography PhotoEsra Erkal-Paler
Chief Corporate Affairs Officer

Esra Erkal-Paler is Coty’s Chief Corporate Affairs Officer and a member of the Executive Committee. In this role, Esra leads Coty’s global internal and external communications, stakeholder relations and responsible growth strategy.

Esra joined Coty in May 2018, bringing with her over 20 years of strategic communication and public affairs experience spanning beauty, consumer goods, healthcare and regulatory sectors. Prior to joining Coty, Esra spent seven years at AstraZeneca, a leading biopharmaceutical company, most recently as Global Head of External Communications where she led the communications and reputation strategy for the company’s transformation with responsibility for M&A, financial, corporate, portfolio and partnering communications, global media relations, digital channels and community investment.

Prior to that, Esra was Executive Director of the Advertising Standards Authority in charge of Policy, Public Affairs and Communications. She also spent more than six years at L’Oréal Group leading internal and external communications as well as public and industry affairs in the UK and Ireland. Previously, she was Head of Corporate Affairs for Unilever’s home and personal care division. Earlier in her career, Esra held roles at global consultancies, including Burson-Marsteller and Shandwick.

Esra is also Trustee and Chairman of the British Skin Foundation, the leading skin health research charity.

Esra is based out of London, where she lives with her family.

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Biography PhotoSébastien Froidefond
Chief Human Resources Officer

Sébastien Froidefond is Chief Human Resources Officer of Coty, Inc. and 8a member of the Executive Committee. He oversees human resources strategic leadership for Coty, including talent management, organizational and people development, performance management, compensation and benefits, human resources information systems, and culture.

With more than 20 years of experience, Sébastien has a proven, successful track record in leading Human Resources for multinational corporations at country, regional and global levels. Prior to joining Coty, Sébastien was Human Resources Vice President for the Global Consumer Healthcare division of Sanofi. Before that, he served in various roles of increasing responsibility within Sanofi’s human resources functions in the UK and also leading the region Intercontinental (Latin America, Africa, Turkey, the Middle East, Eurasia and South Asia).

Sébastien holds a Masters in Economics from Paris X, as well as a specialization degree in Consulting/Organization. A native of France, he has lived in Paris, North Africa and Slovenia throughout his career and now resides in London.

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Biography PhotoEdgar Huber
President, Luxury

Edgar Huber is President of Luxury at Coty, Inc. and a member of the Executive Committee. He oversees the $2.8B division globally, which comprises the most powerful and contemporary-relevant portfolio in the luxury fragrance market (Calvin Klein, Gucci, Hugo Boss, Marc Jacobs, Chloé, Bottega Veneta, Miu Miu, Tiffany, Davidoff, Joop, Jil Sander, Balenciaga, Alexander McQueen, Lacoste, Stella McCartney, Cerruti, Roberto Cavalli, Escada and Chopard), as well as the holistic skincare brand philosophy and the anti-aging and suncare premium expert, Lancaster. He is responsible for brand performance across all regions and distribution channels, including travel retail.

Edgar is an accomplished executive with over 25 years of experience in building global brands across the beauty and fashion industry. He spent 15 years at L'Oréal, the majority of which was in the L'Oréal Luxury Products Division, where he held positions of increasing responsibility, ultimately serving as President of the Division in the U.S. and Europe. Most recently he was President and Chief Executive Officer of Lands’ End, where he was responsible for driving growth and profit opportunities across all aspects of the business, and which was successfully introduced to the stock exchange in April 2014. Edgar began his career at Mars Inc. as a brand manager.

Edgar holds a Masters of Business Administration from the Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien (Vienna University of Economics and Business), Austria. In addition, he completed the International Management Program at HEC (Haute Etudes Commerciales) in Jouy-en-Josas, France and the CEDEP (General Management Program) at INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France.

Edgar lives in Paris with his wife Shelley and daughter Stella.

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Biography PhotoLAURENT KLEITMAN
President, Coty Consumer Beauty

Laurent Kleitman is President of Coty’s Consumer Beauty division and a member of the Executive Committee. He oversees the $4.3B brand portfolio comprising color cosmetics, retail hair color and styling, body care and mass fragrances. Within Laurent’s domain sit some of the industry’s most iconic brands, including COVERGIRL, Clairol, Max Factor, Adidas and Rimmel London.

Laurent joined Coty in May 2017, bringing with him 29 years of international consumer goods experience spanning beauty, luxury fashion, and personal and home care. He began his career at Unilever in marketing, holding positions of increasing responsibility in marketing and general management throughout the company in France, Italy, Thailand, Russia and UK.

Most recently, Laurent served as Executive Vice President Global Hair Care at Unilever – the largest component of the company’s 20bn-Euro Personal Care division, and one of the fastest growing areas in the organization.

He was previously CEO of Unilever Russia, Ukraine & Belarus, and prior to that spent three years leading LVMH in Russia and CIS including the Perfumes & Cosmetics business, which he took back to growth after the 2008 financial crisis.

Laurent earned his diploma in Business Administration from Neoma Business School in Reims, France. He is based out of Coty’s Consumer Beauty headquarters in New York, where he lives with his wife and children.

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Biography PhotoGreerson (Greer) McMullen
Chief Legal Officer, General Counsel and Secretary

Greerson (Greer) McMullen is Chief Legal Officer, General Counsel and Secretary of the Board of Directors of Coty Inc. He is responsible for overseeing Coty’s legal affairs worldwide, including, among other things, acquisitions and divestitures, corporate governance, SEC filings, compliance, intellectual property, licensing and regulatory matters.

Greer brings over 25 years of legal experience including serving as the general counsel of several U.S. public companies. He joined Coty from Schweitzer-Mauduit International Inc, the innovative international papers and materials engineering company, and brings experience of both developed and emerging markets. Previously, he was in the international consumer service sector and was a general counsel within General Electric for almost eight years. He has a proven track record in supporting highly commercial and innovative environments and internationally expanding companies.

Greer received a Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law and a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University. He is based in London. .

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Biography PhotoSylvie Moreau
President, Professional Beauty

Sylvie Moreau is President of Professional Beauty at Coty, Inc. and is on the Executive Committee. Her $1.8B division portfolio is home to some of Coty’s biggest brand stars: OPI, the No. 1 nail salon brand globally, and Wella, the No. 2 in professional hair category.

A beauty business veteran, Sylvie joined Coty in 2016 as part of its industry-leading merger with Procter & Gamble’s Specialty Beauty Business. Prior, she led P&G’s Salon Professional division with operations in more than 100 countries. She led her team to deliver a top and bottom line turnaround, cementing Wella’s position in the industry and delighting the salon professionals around the world.

Sylvie joined P&G in 1994 and within her 22-year career held a variety of positions in local, regional and international roles, managing iconic brands like Pantene, Olay and Ariel.

Moreau holds a Masters in Business Administration from École Supérieure des Sciences Économiques et Commerciales (ESSEC) France, as well as a Masters of International Business from Norwegian School of Economics (NHH) in Norway. A French native, Mrs. Moreau currently resides in Geneva, Switzerland, with her husband and daughter.

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Biography PhotoDaniel Ramos
Chief Scientific Officer

Daniel Ramos is Coty’s Chief Scientific Officer, and a member of the Executive Committee. He is responsible for research and development, global regulatory activities, global product stewardship, trends & innovation and consumer affairs.

Daniel has over 20 years of successful international consumer goods R&D experience, and a strong track record of driving growth through consumer-led innovations and building organizational capacity and capability. His experience in the consumer goods industry spans the health, beauty & grooming, fragrance and cosmetics categories.

Daniel began his career at P&G, spending 11 years in increasingly senior roles in Venezuela the U.S. and Japan. He then joined RB plc where he served as Vice President R&D Health Care and a part of the R&D global leadership team, where he was responsible for managing a business across seven categories. He joins Coty from Revlon where is served as Chief Science Officer and EVP of R&D.

Daniel will be located in Coty’s R&D center of global excellence in Morris Plains, New Jersey.

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Biography PhotoMario Reis
Chief Global Supply Officer

Mario Reis is Chief Global Supply Officer of Coty, Inc. and a member of the Executive Committee. He oversees the company’s fully integrated, end-to-end supply chain including initiative management, procurement, manufacturing and warehousing and distribution – a key role in facilitating the acceleration of profitable growth, speed to market and cost leadership.

Over the past 30 years, Mario has built a solid experience in Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG). He joined Coty in 2014 and was previously at Mars Inc. and Danone, where he held global senior executive roles in Supply Chain. Most recently, he served as General Manager of Danone South Africa, growing the business vigorously and transforming the company to enable future development.

Mario started his career as a consultant at Bain & Company. He leverages this experience and brings an analytical and results oriented mindset to supply chain management, covering both top line development and bottom line improvement.

A native of Mozambique, Mario holds a Masters of Business Administration from INSEAD and a BSc(Hons) in Mechanical Engineering from Manchester University in the UK. He lives with his family in Geneva.

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Biography PhotoAyesha Zafar
Interim Chief Financial Officer

Ayesha Zafar is Coty’s interim Chief Financial Officer. In this role, she oversees the Company’s finance organization and is our principal accounting officer responsible for overseeing various activities including financial reporting systems of internal control and other compliance programs.

Ayesha has more than 30 years of finance experience in international companies across consumer goods, pharmaceuticals and publishing. She joined Coty in May 2016 as Senior Vice President and Group Controller. Prior to this, Ayesha served as Vice President Controller of The Hertz Corporation starting in 2013. She has also held finance positions at Campbell Soup, PepsiCo and Colgate-Palmolive.

Ayesha is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Excelsior College.

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