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Amorepacific appoints new Japan head on leadership reshuffle

Amorepacific has announced a reshuffling of leadership as the Korean beauty giant homes in on specific markets including Japan and the U.S.

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The owner of Laneige, Innisfree, Sulwhasoo, and Tata Harper brands, among others, has appointed Robin Na, the former head of Amorepacific’s North America business, to lead the firm’s business in Japan.

The Seoul-based Amorepacific said it has been broadening its customer base in the region, adding that with “Na’s extensive experience and proven capabilities in leading international business operations, Amorepacific aims to amplify its successes in the Japanese beauty market,” according to a press release.

As a result of the reshuffle, Amorepacific has appointed Giovanni Valentini as the new CEO of its North America region, effective June 1.

Valentini, formerly general manager of Lancôme USA within L’Oréal’s luxe division, is a seasoned beauty veteran with prior leadership roles with Armani Beauty, Kiehl’s, and Unilever brands across different geographies.

The leadership reshuffle comes one month after Amorepacific launched its derma beauty brand, Aestura, in the Thai market, accelerating its global market expansion.

In its most recent trading update, AmorePacific reported an unexpected operating profit for the first quarter of the year.

Despite a challenging economic climate, AmorePacific posted a 41 percent sales uptick in its Western region, offsetting a 19 percent decline in Greater China, and 4 percent dip in other Asia markets.