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Kering hires Estée Lauder exec to drive new beauty business

By Astrid Wendlandt
Gucci nail polish

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French luxury group Kering has hired a senior Estée Lauder executive to lead the creation of its beauty unit from scratch, Miss Tweed has learned. The new venture, about which Kering has said little until now, represents a sizeable source of potential growth for the group and would boost its valuation in the medium-to-long term if successful, analysts forecast. Kering’s poaching from Estée Lauder Companies comes as the French group is trying to reach an agreement with the U.S. cosmetics company on how long it is prepared to let it exploit the Tom Ford beauty license if it wins the bid for the luxury brand. Kering is only really interested in the eyewear business, while Estee Lauder Companies, also in the race, just wants the cosmetics license.

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