Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of L’Oréal
Jean-Paul Agon has pursued his entire career with L’Oréal. Jean-Paul Agon's career is like the man himself: energetic, unwavering and helpful. With a background spanning a wide range of responsibilities, he has forged leadership skills underpinned by key expertise: in-depth knowledge of how the company works, an international approach and a global vision of major challenges ahead.
Jean-Paul Agon was born in France July 1956.
He joined L’Oréal in 1978 after graduating from HEC international business school. A man with an affinity for marketing, especially in cosmetics, and an awareness of the importance of "psychology and culture", his professional expectations matched the characteristics of L'Oréal, an international group promoting freedom to pursue new ideas and giving its employees the chance to quickly prove themselves.
After a brief stint in 1980 as product manager for the Consumer Products division in France, in 1981, he was appointed General Manager of L'Oréal Greece, where he spent four years turning around a tough situation and laying the foundations of a solid business.
In 1985, he returned to France as General Manager of L'Oréal Paris. This was the era of a number of key launches and major successes, including Studio Line, Plénitude and Elsève.
In 1989, he rose to a towering challenge. As International Managing Director for Biotherm, he completely remodeled the brand. A strategic tactic that gave Biotherm renewed strength, dynamism and modernity, endowing the company with truly international appeal.
In 1994: Jean-Paul Agon left France to take up a new challenge as Managing Director of L'Oréal Germany. There he played a key role in dealing with issues related to European markets, at the time suffering a slowdown in growth. The absorption of German cosmetics company Jade, later teamed up with Gemey, gave him his first taste of major acquisitions.
In 1997, L'Oréal Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Lindsay Owen-Jones entrusted him with the task of setting up and heading the L'Oréal Asia Zone in the midst of a full-blown economic crisis. No mean feat. Lending fresh impetus to these still-emerging markets meant creating subsidiaries in a number of countries, setting out relevant strategies, stepping up investment and recruiting a new generation of local talent. Jean-Paul Agon played a predominant part in developing these huge drivers for future growth.
In 2001, a new chapter in his career began, when he was named President of L'Oréal USA. Under his impetus, L’Oréal won market share across every category in a highly competitive environment. It was during this time that Garnier launched its hugely successful Fructis range.
In 2006, he was appointed Chief Executive Officer of L’Oréal. A man of action, he instills in the Group the energy, rigor and vision needed to successfully tackle the challenges of the world of beauty. A man of conviction, he channels that same passion into promoting L'Oréal's ethical values, making the company a model of corporate citizenship.
On March 17th 2011, Jean-Paul Agon was appointed as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of L’Oréal.