Jean-Paul Agon

Chairman and CEO, L’Oréal. He joined L’Oréal in 1978 after graduating from HEC international business school. He has worked his entire career in the Group, on all continents. After a brief stint as product manager in France, he was appointed General Manager of L’Oréal Greece, at 24.  5 years later, he returned to France as General Manager of L’Oreal Paris, then International Managing Director for Biotherm. In 1994, he goes abroad again, first as Managing Director of L’Oréal Germany, then he creates and heads the L’Oréal Asia Zone. In 2001, he was named President of L’Oréal USA.  He was named Chief Executive Officer of L’Oréal in 2006 and also became its Chairman in 2011. In 2009 he received the Ethical Resource Center’s Pace Leadership in Ethics Award for L’Oreal’s achievements in the area of business ethics, diversity, financial transparency and sustainable development. He is a Director of Air Liquide, a member of the European Round Table of Industrialists, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Consumer Goods Forum.