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Biography: William P. Lauder

Episode 506
Taking a Good Look at Looking Good!

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William P. Lauder
President & CEO, The Estée Lauder Companies

William P. Lauder is President and Chief Executive Officer of The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. The Estée Lauder Companies is recognized as a global premium consumer goods company by the investment community and is one of the world's leading manufacturers and marketers of quality skin care, makeup, fragrance and hair care products, with annual sales of more than $6.5 billion. Its products are sold in more than 130 markets under 26 well-recognized brand names.

Mr. Lauder became President and Chief Executive Officer of The Estée Lauder Companies on July 1, 2004. He was previously Chief Operating Officer of the Company, and was responsible for the oversight of all of the Company's Global Operations, including Manufacturing, Research & Development and Human Resources, as well as Retail Store Operations and all activities for The Estée Lauder Companies' International business. In addition, he oversaw nine of the Company's specialty brands, including Bobbi Brown, Prescriptives and Aveda.

Prior to that, Mr. Lauder was President of Clinique Worldwide and Group President of The Estée Lauder Companies. In this role, he led the worldwide businesses of Clinique and Origins, and the Retail Division of the Company, which encompassed the management of freestanding stores for all brands, including Aveda, Origins and M•A•C. Additionally, he directed the Company's online activities on a worldwide basis, including the joint venture with Chanel and Clarins.

From June 1998 to July 2001, Mr. Lauder was President of Clinique Laboratories. Under his leadership, Clinique's Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion became the best-selling prestige skin care product in U.S. department stores, and Clinique launched its first anti-aging product, Stop Signs Visible Anti-Aging Serum. Mr. Lauder was instrumental in increasing the brand’s market share in the hair care category, spearheading the launch of the Clinique Simple Hair Care System. He also supervised the website as a marketing and brand-enhancing vehicle.

From 1990 to 1998, Mr. Lauder served first as Vice President/General Manager and later as President of Origins Natural Resources Inc., where he led the introduction and development of this lifestyle brand. Under his leadership, Origins created the innovative store-within-a-store concept and achieved the highest growth rate of prestige cosmetic companies in the U.S.

Mr. Lauder joined The Estée Lauder Companies in 1986 as Regional Marketing Director of Clinique U.S.A. in the New York Metro area. Mr. Lauder then spent two years at Prescriptives as Field Sales Manager. Prior to joining The Estée Lauder Companies, he completed Macy's executive training program in New York City and was Associate Merchandising Manager of the New York Division/Dallas store at the time of its opening in September 1985.

Mr. Lauder is a member of the Board of Trustees of The University of Pennsylvania and the Boards of Directors of the Fresh Air Fund, the 92nd Street Y, Trinity School, Survivors of the SHOAH Visual History Foundation and the Partnership for New York City. He is also a member of the Board of The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. and True Temper Sports Inc. A graduate of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, he also studied at the University of Grenoble in France. An avid golfer, skier, tennis player and hiker, he lives in the aisle seat of an airplane, while his wife and children reside in New York City. He is a grandson of Mrs. Estée Lauder, the Company's founder.

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