Louis Desazars Said to Have Exited Shiseido

PARIS — A big change is afoot at Shiseido, WWD has learned. Louis Desazars, president and chief executive officer of Shiseido Group EMEA, has exited the company, according to industry sources.
Desazars reportedly sent a note to colleagues on Monday saying that he would leave the group that day. The news came unexpectedly, the sources said.
Desazars had taken up the newly created role, which includes the oversight of Shiseido’s skin care, makeup and fragrance businesses in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region on Sept. 1, 2015. Prior to that, the executive served as president and ceo of Nars Cosmetics, also part of Shiseido’s portfolio, starting in 2008.
It is believed Eric Henry, chief business officer of the EMEA region at Shiseido, has succeeded Desazars for at least an interim period.
A Shiseido spokesman could not immediately be reached for comment.
The president and ceo role of Shiseido Group EMEA position was formed as part of the company’s strategy dubbed Vision 2020. That includes a regional headquarters system in six areas to allow accelerated decision-making and product development in each zone. Desazars was charged with achieving substantial brand acceleration in all categories and growing new markets in Africa and the Middle East.
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