Succeeding Loïc Armand in the role, Denis Simonneau is taking up the position and will report directly to chairman and CEO of L’Oréal, Jean-Paul Agon.
He is also due to work closely with Lucia Dumas, executive vice president of communication and public affairs for the Group.
Armand stepping down
Armand has worked for L’Oréal since 1984, and since 2001 has held held various functions within the realm of the Executive Management.
These include L’Oréal Company Secretary and then Executive Vice President External Affairs.
Armand also acts as ss President of Cosmetics Europe in Brussels, vice President of the MEDEF International Committee and Executive Delegate to AFEP, representing L’Oréal in various different French and international bodies.
Jean-Paul Agon, Chairman and CEO of L’Oréal, describes a ‘unique career and exceptional personality’: “Loïc Armand has made a major contribution to L’Oréal, an experience forged at the head of our businesses and his contacts at the highest levels in all spheres of influence in France and abroad.
“Loïc is a man of confidence, of unfailing loyalty, and an untiring defender of L’Oréal’s interests."
Simonneau: a profile
Denis Simonneau was Diplomatic Advisor and then Director in charge of European and International Relations for the Engie Group since 2009.
A graduate of ENA, he joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and held different functions both in Paris and in various other countries (India, South Africa, USA).
He is well acquainted with European affairs having been posted in Brussels as well as in ministerial offices in Paris. He was Deputy Director of Communication and Information of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Now, he takes up the exec delegate role.