The Estée Lauder Companies

Leadership

The responsibility of leading and executing our strategy, as well as overseeing our corporate affairs, is shared across our executive officers and Board of Directors.

Board of Directors 

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Charlene Barshefsky
Senior International Partner, WilmerHale
Charlene Barshefsky
Senior International Partner, WilmerHale


Director Since 2001
Age 63

Ambassador Barshefsky is Senior International Partner at the law firm of WilmerHale in Washington, D.C. Prior to joining the law firm, she was the United States Trade Representative from March 1997 to January 2001, and Deputy United States Trade Representative and Acting United States Trade Representative from June 1993 to March 1997. From February 2001 until July 2001, Ambassador Barshefsky was a Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International C... 

Rose Marie Bravo, CBE
Retail and Marketing Consultant
Rose Marie Bravo, CBE
Retail and Marketing Consultant


Director since 2003
Age 63

Ms. Bravo is a retail and marketing consultant. She was Vice Chairman of Burberry Group Plc from July 2006 to July 2007. Prior to that she was Burberry’s Chief Executive from 1997 to July 2006. Prior to her appointment at Burberry, Ms. Bravo was President of Saks Fifth Avenue from 1992, with responsibility for merchandising, marketing and product development. From 1974 to 1992, Ms. Bravo held a number of positions at R.H. Macy & Co., culminating as Chairman ... 

Wei Sun Christianson
Managing Director and Co-Chief Executive Officer of Asia Pacific and Chief Executive Officer of China at Morgan Stanley
Wei Sun Christianson
Managing Director and Co-Chief Executive Officer of Asia Pacific and Chief Executive Officer of China at Morgan Stanley


Director since 2011
Age: 57

Ms. Christianson is a Managing Director and Co-Chief Executive Officer of Asia Pacific and Chief Executive Officer of China at Morgan Stanley based in Beijing. In addition to her regional role, Ms. Christianson is responsible for all aspects of Morgan Stanley’s operations in China and is a member of Morgan Stanley’s Management Committee. Prior to rejoining Morgan Stanley in 2006, she was the Chairman of China for Citigroup Global Markets (Asia Lt... 

Fabrizio Freda
President and Chief Executive Officer
Fabrizio Freda
President and Chief Executive Officer


Director since 2009
Age 56

Mr. Freda has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company since July 2009. During this period, he has continued to lead the implementation of our long-term strategy that has resulted in a substantial increase in our market capitalization. From March 2008 through June 2009, he was President and Chief Operating Officer where he oversaw the Clinique, Bobbi Brown, La Mer, Jo Malone, Aveda, and Bumble and bumble brands and the Aramis and D... 

Paul J. Fribourg
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Continental Grain Company
Paul J. Fribourg
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Continental Grain Company


Director since 2006
Age 59

Mr. Fribourg is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Continental Grain Company, which is an international agribusiness and investment company with investments in the poultry and pork businesses, since July 1997. Mr. Fribourg joined Continental Grain Company (formerly known as ContiGroup Companies, Inc.) in 1976 and worked in various positions there with increasing responsibility in both the United States and Europe. Mr. Fribourg is also a dire... 

Mellody Hobson
President, Ariel Investments, LLC
Mellody Hobson
President, Ariel Investments, LLC


Director since 2005
Age 45

Ms. Hobson serves as the President of Ariel Investments, LLC (Chicago-based investment management firm and adviser to the mutual funds offered by the Ariel Investment Trust) since 2000, and as President and Director of its governing member, Ariel Capital Management Holdings, Inc. She also serves as President (since 2002) and Chairman of the Board of Trustees (Chairman since 2006, trustee since 1993) of the Ariel Investment Trust (registered investment compa... 

Irvine O. Hockaday, Jr.
Former President and Chief Executive Officer of Hallmark Cards, Inc.
Irvine O. Hockaday, Jr.
Former President and Chief Executive Officer of Hallmark Cards, Inc.


Director since 2001
Age 77

Mr. Hockaday is the former President and Chief Executive Officer of Hallmark Cards, Inc. He retired in December 2001. Prior to joining Hallmark in 1983, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of Kansas City Southern Industries, Inc. Mr. Hockaday was a member of the Hallmark Board of Directors from 1978 until January 2002. Additionally, within the past five years, he served as a director of Aquila, Inc., Crown Media Holdings, Inc., Ford Motor Comp... 

Aerin Lauder
Founder and Creative Director, AERIN, and Style and Image Director, Estée Lauder
Aerin Lauder
Founder and Creative Director, AERIN, and Style and Image Director, Estée Lauder


Director since 2004
Age 44

Ms. Lauder is the Creative Director and Chairman of Aerin LLC, a luxury lifestyle brand that she formed in April 2011. She also serves as Style and Image Director for the Estée Lauder brand. From July 2004 through April 2011, Ms. Lauder was Senior Vice President, Creative Director for the Estée Lauder brand. From 2001 through June 2004, she was Vice President of Global Advertising for the brand. From 1997 through April 2001, she was Executive Director,... 

Leonard A. Lauder
Chairman Emeritus
Leonard A. Lauder
Chairman Emeritus


Director since 1958
Age 81

Mr. Lauder is Chairman Emeritus of the Company. He was Chairman of the Board of Directors from 1995 through June 2009 and served as the Company’s Chief Executive Officer from 1982 through 1999 and President from 1972 until 1995. Mr. Lauder formally joined the Company in 1958 after serving as an officer in the United States Navy. Since joining, he has held various positions, including executive officer positions other than those described above. He is... 

Jane Lauder
Global Brand President, Clinique
Jane Lauder
Global Brand President, Clinique


Director since 2009
Age 41

Ms. Lauder has served as Global Brand President, Clinique, since April 2014. Immediately prior to that, she was Global President, General Manager of the Origins, Ojon, and Darphin brands. From July 2008 until July 2010, she was Senior Vice President/General Manager of the Origins brand. From July 2006 until July 2008, she was Senior Vice President, Global Marketing for Clinique. From 2003 through July 2006, Ms. Lauder was Vice President of Marketing f... 

William P. Lauder
Executive Chairman
William P. Lauder
Executive Chairman


Director since 1996
Age 54

Mr. Lauder is Executive Chairman of the Company and, in such role, he is Chairman of the Board of Directors. He was Chief Executive Officer of the Company from March 2008 through June 2009 and President and Chief Executive Officer from July 2004 through February 2008. From January 2003 through June 2004, he was Chief Operating Officer. From July 2001 through 2002, he was Group President responsible for the worldwide business of the Clinique and Origins... 

Richard D. Parsons
Senior Advisor, Providence Equity Partners LLC
Richard D. Parsons
Senior Advisor, Providence Equity Partners LLC


Director since 1999
Age 66

Mr. Parsons is a senior advisor to Providence Equity Partners LLC since 2009. From 1996 until 2012, he was a director of Citigroup Inc. (member of the Personnel and Compensation Committee and the Nominating and Governance Committee) and served as its Chairman from February 2009 to April 2012. From May 2003 until his retirement in December 2008, he served as Chairman of the Board of Time Warner Inc. From May 2002 until December 2007, he served as Chief ... 

Lynn Forester de Rothschild
Chief Executive, E L Rothschild LLC
Lynn Forester de Rothschild
Chief Executive, E L Rothschild LLC


Director since 2000
Age 60

Lady de Rothschild has been, since June 2002, the Chief Executive of E.L. Rothschild LLC, a private investment company with investments in media, information technology, agriculture and real estate worldwide. Holdings include The Economist Group (UK), real estate and financial services. Lady de Rothschild has been a director of The Economist Newspaper Limited (member of the Audit Committee) since October 2002. From 2004 to 2007, she was also Co-Chair... 

Barry S. Sternlicht
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Starwood Capital Group
Barry S. Sternlicht
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Starwood Capital Group


Director since 2004
Age 53

Mr. Sternlicht is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Starwood Capital Group, a private real estate investment firm he formed in 1991. Mr. Sternlicht is also Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Starwood Property Trust, Inc., a commercial mortgage REIT. From 1995 until May 2005, he was Chairman and CEO of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., a company which he founded in 1995. Mr. Sternlicht is also Chairman of the Board of Pointe Homes, ... 

Richard F. Zannino
Managing Director, CCMP Capital Advisors, LLC
Richard F. Zannino
Managing Director, CCMP Capital Advisors, LLC


Director since 2010
Age 55

Mr. Zannino is a Managing Director at the private equity firm CCMP Capital Advisors, LLC, a position he has held since July 2009. He is on the firm’s Investment Committee and co-heads the consumer, retail and media practices. Prior to joining CCMP Capital, he was an independent retail and media advisor from February 2008 to June 2009. He was Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors of Dow Jones & Company, Inc. from February 2006...