The company says it will maximise these opportunities and help each individual brand focus more extensively.
Saunders was already an employee at the cosmetics maker having served as the Vice President/ General Manager of the Clinique, Origins, and Darphin brands up until now.
In her new role, Estee Lauder says she will oversee all commercial aspects of the business and will also be responsible for strategic retailer relationships, corporate and brand capabilities and selling effectiveness.
Janet will directly report to Chris Good, President of Estee Lauder UK & Ireland, and will have Commercial Director Howard Cazin report to her under the new structure.
“The creation of the new vice president/general manager commercial role in the UK Region will serve to maximize and leverage opportunities across The Estée Lauder Companies UK & Ireland as a whole, as well as our fabulous brand portfolio and within our individual brands,” comments Good.
“Janet’s extensive industry and brand experience coupled with her well-established retailer relationships made her the obvious choice for the job.”
Elsewhere, Estee Lauder has also announced that its UK business will see Rachel Baker appointed as Vice President/ General Manager of Clinique and men’s skin care, having worked in a similar role within the company for the Jo Malone London brand, and senior sales roles across Tom Ford and the Estée Lauder brand.
She too, will report to Good, who commends her for having worked her way up from her career beginning as a counter manager for Clinique, bringing a host of experience to her new role.
“Rachel’s proven business acumen combined with her deep retail and brand experience, and knowledge across all channels will bring much value to Clinique,” he adds.
It adds to a busy appointment time for Estee Lauder, who also announced Sue Fox as Vice President/ General Manager for ravel Retail Europe, Middle East and Africa, in January.
Fox has also held several positions at company, starting her career in travel retail, before leading several brands in the EMEA region, and for six years was based in Singapore where she worked as Estée Lauder Asia Pacific Vice President Sales and Marketing.