Irvine, CA (December 17th, 2020) — Kevin Murphy, international beauty products company, transforms their global leadership team with McDermott + Bull, go-to executive search partner, leading the effort. With offices in Europe and North America, McDermott + Bull leveraged its global reach to help Kevin Murphy fill critical roles in Southern California, Paris, and Copenhagen, giving the company the resources to achieve its next stage of growth. With this new leadership, Kevin Murphy is on track to scale the company and meet the demands of its ever-growing customer base.
“I was deeply impressed by the way McDermott + Bull understood our needs and embraced our company culture,” said Rachel Gillette, Global Director of People and Culture at Kevin Murphy. “This enabled them to anticipate our needs and create an enjoyable, efficient, and seamless process for everyone involved. Their global team delivered the talent and leadership needed to achieve our greater goal of expanding across the U.S. and Europe.”
BETTY KAO, VICE PRESIDENT OF GLOBAL OPERATIONS + SUPPLY CHAIN
In this role, Betty will oversee and ensure rapid expansion of the brand. She will be responsible for bringing together a cohesive supply chain system and creating uniformity to generate consistent product production and distribution to over 60 countries and multiple partners.
Betty is a career supply chain and operations executive, having held previous roles at Johnson + Johnson, Neutrogena, Pacific World, and Markwins Beauty. She brings an incredible wealth of experience and relationships in production and distribution in Asia, Europe, and the U.S.
RACHEL GILLETTE, GLOBAL DIRECTOR OF PEOPLE + CULTURE
Rachel will be responsible for ensuring a steadfast commitment to the company’s culture, mission, and values on a global scale. As Kevin Murphy rapidly expands, she will steward and cultivate the company’s incredible dedication and commitment to its employees, customers, and sustainability initiatives.
Rachel brings both Fortune 100 and small entrepreneurial company experience to her role. She has incredible people knowledge and a strong track record of building solid relationships with her business partners and executing efficiently under the most demanding of situations.
RICHARD MCALLISTER, GLOBAL IT DIRECTOR
Richard will be responsible for updating and modernizing all of the company’s IT systems to prepare Kevin Murphy for its next stage of growth. He will also oversee and manage the coordination of a global data set in order to allow the company to better serve its clients and customers.
Richard brings a wealth of IT experience in retail and e-commerce across Europe. His creativity and problem-solving skills, combined with over 10 years of working in omnichannel retailing, will allow him to achieve outstanding success at the company.
DR. SIGNE WESTERMAN, GLOBAL DIRECTOR OF REGULATORY AFFAIRS + QUALITY
Signe will be responsible for ensuring the utmost commitment and dedication to maintaining the company’s high-quality products. As the organization scales, she will adhere to the existing regulations and quality standards while meeting increasing customer demands.
Signe brings an incredible wealth of knowledge in the production process for health and beauty products having previously worked for Gosh Cosmetics and Leo Pharma. Her proven ability to guarantee that the highest standards are met, paired with her expertise in the space, will ensure that quality is achieved with all Kevin Murphy products. Signe received her master’s degree in food science and her PhD in food chemistry from the University of Copenhagen.
THOMAS RUBINI, GENERAL MANAGER OF FRANCE
In this role, Thomas will continue to bring expansion, growth, and success in the France region. He will oversee the company’s France operations to allow for previous leadership to focus on growing the market in the greater EMEA region. Thomas will be responsible for meeting the company’s projected growth goals in France, contributing to the expansion of the company’s presence across the European region.
Thomas brings extensive experience in sales and marketing across Europe. He came from cosmetics company Great Lengths Universal Hair Extensions, where he served as General Manager for France and Switzerland. Earlier in his career, he spent 14 years with consumer products giant Henkel, eventually serving as Commercial Director for France.
“We were able to bring multiple facets of our strength as a global search organization to bear for Kevin Murphy at this critical time in their growth,” said McDermott + Bull Managing Director Jake Vander Zanden. “Close collaboration between our U.S. and European teams, as well as McDermott + Bull’s Interim Leaders, has produced wonderful synergies for our client.”
These executive searches were completed by McDermott + Bull Managing Directors Jake Vander Zanden and Jason Levi Pinegar, Executive Recruiter Quyen Doan, Europe Managing Partners Milo Zegerius and Norbert Meijer, and Executive Recruitment Consultant Myrthe van Kesteren.
About McDermott + Bull
McDermott + Bull is leading the way in transforming executive search services worldwide, one relationship at a time. With experienced principals in the United States, Canada and Europe, McDermott + Bull has become the trusted search advisor for empowering change on behalf of private and public companies, private equity firms and their operating companies. Known for being thorough and balancing the need for urgency, McDermott + Bull provides personalized solutions to those who value contribution over pedigree. Leveraging deep vertical experience, innovative thinking and proven time-saving methodologies, the company challenges the norm and thrives in the recruitment of difficult-to-find, culture critical VP to C-Suite executive talent.
McDermott + Bull Interim Leaders is a unique, personalized, and urgent service that places performance focused senior-level executives into consultative roles to manage business challenges and opportunities during a time of transformation. The interim leader talent pool consists of senior-level professionals across a diverse functional spectrum who meet the rigorous qualifications to work on time-sensitive engagements. We specialize in placing operations, finance and accounting, technology, human resources and executive-level functions.
About Kevin Murphy
Founded in Melbourne, Australia, Kevin Murphy Group is now headquartered in Copenhagen, Denmark. The company produces a fashion-focused range of salon-only professional hair care products and has become the leader in the hair care vertical within the health and beauty category.
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