Kay Nemoto Named Avon Products, Inc. Chief Strategy and HR Officer

Avon Q1 2019

Avon Products, Inc. announced it has appointed Kay Nemoto as senior vice president chief enablement officer and chief human resources officer.

In this new role Nemoto will lead the change management and cultural overhaul underpinning Avon’s transformation. She will join Avon’s Executive Committee and report to CEO Jan Zijderveld.

“I’m delighted to be securing talent of Kay’s calibre to power our transformation,” said Zijderveld.  “She has high personal accountability and drive, and a deep understanding of the role that culture plays in delivering our strategy to Open Up Avon. What’s more, she is obsessive about putting the needs of our millions of Beauty Entrepreneurs at the forefront of decisions and actions. I’m excited to see what she can do in this new role as we open up Avon to future growth.”

According to the company, Nemoto has already been playing an integral role in Avon’s transformation while on secondment from Avon’s strategic partners Cerberus Operations & Advisory Company (COAC). She’s been involved in building the strategy and plans to “Open Up” Avon to growth, has sound knowledge of all areas of the business and a passion for the business model.

“This is an amazing opportunity to be part of the team that drives Avon’s transformation and opens up value and growth.” Said Nemoto. “Since working with Avon I’ve been astounded by the power of the iconic brand, the potential of the business model and the fantastic opportunity we have to leverage Avon’s associates across the world to deliver change and future success. We’ll continue to inject and leverage talent and will prioritize implementation of culture and change management to deliver growth through making our Representatives successful.”

Nemoto brings over 23 years of experience in consultancy and advisory roles, including with Ernst & Young and AlixPartners. As operating executive at COAC, she successfully led teams supporting turnarounds at multiple companies.