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Brian Connolly joins Avon as EVP, global sales strategy

Aug '05
Cosmetics maker Avon Products Inc announced two changes in Senior Management positions to further align the company's top talent against its key growth opportunities.

"With today's appointments, they are leveraging exceptional management talent and experience with two of the most important strategic priorities, namely, the continuing transformation of their direct-selling channel and the building of the Avon brand," said Andrea Jung, Avon's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO). "These seasoned executives will play critical roles in enabling Avon to unleash the potential of unique business model."

Brian Connolly, age 50, has been named Executive Vice President (EVP), global sales strategy, continuing to report to Susan Kropf, Avon's President and Chief Operating Officer (COO).

In the newly created position, he will be responsible for driving the company's direct-selling strategies as a source of continuing competitive advantage, especially in the company's fast-growing international markets, where Avon is rolling out Sales Leadership, a multi-level earnings opportunity for career-oriented Representatives that launched successfully in the U.S. in 1999.

Mr. Connolly joined Avon in 1978 and has over 27 years risen through the ranks to positions of increasing importance and was named executive vice president and president, North America in 2003. Mr. Connolly also is very prominent in the direct-selling industry, and is a past Chairman and current member of the Direct Selling Association Board of Directors.

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