Sara Moss, vice chairman at the Estée Lauder Companies, has chosen to retire effective 1st July 2023, after 20 years with the company.
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Moss joined Estée Lauder in 2003 as executive vice president and general counsel, serving in the position until 2019, when she was promoted to vice chairman. Moss was seen as a sharp legal and business strategist, and a trusted advisor to the Lauder family.
“Sara is an exceptional legal mind, a skilled advisor, a valued mentor, and a much-loved leader whose strategic insights, business acumen and sound judgment have contributed greatly to our company’s success,” said Fabrizio Freda, president and chief executive officer, Estée Lauder Companies.
As general counsel, Moss oversaw the company’s global legal function during a period of growth and expansion at ELC, in particular the function’s initial international expansion into Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America. Moss led execution of a number of acquisitions, investments, and licenses of ELC’s global luxury and prestige brands.
Among other achievements, Moss also led the company’s first Women’s Advancement and Gender Equality Strategy in 2019. For the past three years, she also led the social impact pillar of the company’s integrated ESG strategy, including Women’s Advancement and Gender Equality, Racial Equity, Generational Diversity and Social Impact in China. In 2017 she established the Sara Moss Women’s Leadership Program at New York University Law School, her alma mater.
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“Sara will be leaving a legacy of true dedication, passion, and professionalism at ELC,” said chairman emeritus Leonard A. Lauder. “On behalf of the company and the entire Lauder family, I would like to thank Sara for her tremendous contributions to our business over the past 20 years and wish her the very best in her well-deserved retirement.”