Coty’s Newest CEO Spent 20 Years At L’Oreal Before Founding ‘New-Age’ Skin-Care Firm Orveda
Sue Nabi’s success at L’Oreal, where she headed the firm’s global L’Oreal Paris and Lancome businesses, her skin-care savvy as founder of the luxury, “clean, green and vegan” Orveda, and her experience as a career champion of diversity were major draws for Coty, where she begins as CEO on 1 September.
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