New Avon LLC, the beauty brand’s privately held North American business, has tapped former Coca-Cola and Revlon executive Jack Stahl to chair its board of managers. Scott White, New Avon’s CEO, has also joined the board.
Stahl joins the company as its new management team seeks to revitalize Avon’s North America business, which came under the ownership of Cerberus Capital Management in a December deal with Avon Products Inc. In the interim, Chan Galbato, CEO of Cerberus Operations and Advisory Company, has served as acting chairman of the board of managers, consisting of representatives from Avon Products as well as Cerberus, including Avon Products CEO Sheri McCoy.
“As a strong believer in the direct selling model and a long admirer of the Avon brand, I am honored to chair the New Avon Board at this pivotal moment for the company,” said Stahl. “Together with Scott, his talented management team, a truly remarkable group of Associates, and an unmatched network of Representatives, we will work to reassert Avon’s leadership in the direct selling and beauty industries.”
The incoming chairman is a beauty and consumer products veteran whose former roles include President and COO of Coca-Cola Co. and CEO and President of Revlon. Stahl also has sat on the board of beauty products manufacturer Coty Inc. and high-end retailer Saks Inc., among others. He currently chairs the Board of Governors of the nonprofit Boys and Girls Clubs of America, in addition to several corporate directorships.
“Jack is a proven leader whose extensive board management experience and expertise leading iconic brands will be instrumental in positioning New Avon’s business for long-term success,” said Galbato. “Additionally, in the short time he has been with New Avon, Scott [White, CEO] has demonstrated a deep passion for the company and a relentless desire to make New Avon the best direct selling company and beauty brand in North America.”
White took the helm in April, with a focus on improving the Representative and consumer experience at New Avon, which has nearly 400,000 Representatives selling its cosmetics, skin care and fragrances across North America. White hailed from Abbott International, where he led the global healthcare company’s $4 billion nutrition business.