NEW YORK — Next week, Abbott Laboratories executive J. Scott White is slated to take the helm as chief executive officer of New Avon LLC.
Plans call for White to join the company as CEO effective April 25, Avon said Monday. He comes to New Avon in the wake of its recent separation from Avon Products Inc. and sale of majority ownership to Cerberus Capital Management L.P.
White will work closely with the New Avon and Cerberus teams to lead a transformation of the North American business by improving the representative and consumer experience, reinvigorating the Avon brand and sharpening operations, according to Avon.
Most recently, White served as president of Abbott Nutrition International, Abbott Labs’ $4 billion international nutrition business. During his 10-year tenure at Abbott, he held various leadership positions, including president of Abbott Nutrition North America, divisional vice president of Latin America and divisional vice president of U.S. pediatric nutrition.
“I am excited and humbled to be joining this iconic company and to have the opportunity to work closely with, and for, our talented and dedicated representatives and associates,” White said in a statement. “Avon’s powerful brand legacy, direct selling model and important missions — empowering women, supporting incredible causes, such as the fights against breast cancer and domestic violence — are core tenets of this company that I am committed to building upon and strengthening. Over the next few months, I will be meeting with many of our representatives, listening to them and learning what New Avon and I can do to support them, improve their earnings opportunity and enhance their experience within our great Avon community.”
Before joining Abbott, Mr. White spent 15 years at Procter & Gamble Company, holding brand management roles, including marketing director of global hair care, marketing director of Mexico and Central America, and marketing director of Latin America hair care.
“Scott is a world-class executive whose diverse experience leading successful business turnarounds, building strong brands, setting winning strategies, and driving operational excellence provides the unique skill set required to lead New Avon on a path to long-term success,” stated Chan Galbato, chairman of New Avon’s board of managers. “He is the right leader to shepherd New Avon as it transforms into a growing, contemporary, best-in-class social selling company that positively impacts lives through beauty.”
New Avon’s product portfolio includes skin care, color cosmetics, fragrance and personal care offerings, with such brands as Anew, Avon Color, Mark and Skin So Soft, as well as fashion and accessories.