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P&G Chief Exec Lafley Could Follow Beauty Brands Out The Door

This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet

Executive Summary

A.G. Lafley is expected to remain chairman at P&G after stepping down as CEO, which could happen as soon as this summer, according to recent reports. Meanwhile, analyst chatter continues as to beauty brands that may be on the auction block and core offerings that will remain following the firm’s portfolio streamlining.

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In Brief

P&G’s Wella hair-care unit is on the auction block reportedly, with Henkel, Kao and Unilever among potential buyers. More news in brief.

Slimmed-Down P&G To Consist Of 65 ‘Leading Brands’ By FY 2017

At the CAGNY conference Feb. 19, P&G leadership provided new insight into the company’s streamlining program, specifically where the firm will end up after selling off 100 underperforming brands in deals expected to be closed by June 30, 2016. CFO Jon Moeller listed Gillette, Pantene, Head & Shoulders and Olay among core brands that will emerge from the simplification, highlighting recent innovations and marketing initiatives that are resonating with its core audience and driving growth.

P&G Portfolio Trimming ‘Full Steam Ahead’ As Currency Effects Pummel Profit

P&G’s net income fell 31% in its second quarter and will decline for its full fiscal 2015 due to foreign exchange; the firm remains focused on core brand growth and innovation while it weathers the storm. So far, P&G has sold or consolidated 35 of the 90 to 100 brands on its streamlining chopping block, it says.

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