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Coty creates corporate affairs post

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NEW YORK — Coty Inc. has named Andraea Dawson-Shepherd as senior vice president of corporate affairs, a newly created position.

The beauty care company said late Friday that in the role Dawson-Shepherd will lead Coty’s communication and corporate affairs agenda as it continues its expansion and transformation. She reports to chairman and interim chief executive officer Bart Becht.

“Andraea’s deep and global experience will make her an invaluable member of the Coty team as we become a true leader and challenger in the beauty industry,” Becht said in a statement.

Before joining Coty, Dawson-Shepherd has held senior communications positions at Carlsberg Group, RB (formerly Reckitt Benckiser) and Cadbury Schweppes.

Coty is currently going through the process of merging Procter & Gamble Co.’s fine fragrance, color cosmetics and hair color businesses into the company under a $12.5 billion deal announced in July. Expected to close in the second half of 2016, the transaction would create one of the world’s largest pure-play beauty companies and double the size of Coty by revenue.

Combined, Coty and the P&G beauty business will have pro forma revenue of more than $10 billion, based on 2014 performance. Last month, Coty announced a new leadership and business structure that will go into effect after the closing of the merger with the P&G brands.


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