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Jean-François Gonidec to retire; Lorenzo Giacomoni and Marie Videau appointed as successors

Jean-François Gonidec, Marie Videau and Lorenzo Giacomoni

The L’OCCITANE Group today announced that Jean-François Gonidec, General Manager of the Group’s subsidiary Laboratoires M&L, which operates two production facilities in Manosque and Lagorce in the south of France, has decided to retire. Lorenzo Giacomoni, currently VP Group Operations, has been appointed to the position of Group Chief Operations Officer & Laboratoires M&L General Manager, effective immediately. Marie Videau, who joined the company in October 2020, is appointed General Manager for Research & Development for the Group and Deputy General Manager of Laboratoires M&L.

Reinold Geiger

Chairman and CEO of the Group

Over the past 12 years, Jean-François has provided outstanding leadership at the helm of Laboratoires M&L, and his example will continue to be an inspiration to us all. His firmly human-centred approach will serve as a lasting hallmark of his time with us, and one that has been all the more meaningful during the difficult times we have recently experienced.

Lorenzo Giacomoni’s experience as VP Group Operations will enable him to bring unparalleled expertise in operational resilience to Laboratoires M&L. He will thus help to consolidate the factories’ global reach as leaders in innovation and development.

Marie Videau brings outstanding experience to this role, particularly from her time at Chanel. Driven by a clear vision for the future, she plans to bring R&D to the heart of the cosmetics and as close as possible to individuals.