Aged 53, Jean-Paul Agon has spent his whole career with L’Oréal, holding a number of key positions in the group, which have provided him with a broad experience across several markets and different divisions.
After completing his studies at HEC, Mr Agon joined L’Oréal in 1978. For three years he held a number of sales and marketing positions in the group. In 1981, he was named General Manager of L’Oréal Greece. Five years later, he assumed the role of General Manager of L’Oréal Paris in France, and then in 1989 was appointed International Managing Director for Biotherm. In 1994 Mr Agon was named Managing Director of L’Oréal Germany.
In 1997, Mr Agon created, at the request of Lindsay Owen-Jones, the Asia Zone and took on the responsibility of all the group’s activities in this region- Professional Products; Consumer Products, Luxury Products and Active Cosmetics.
On 1st October 2001 Mr Agon took on the role of President of L’Oréal USA, where for 4 years he was responsible for the group’s largest single market.
In July 2005, Mr Agon came back to the group’s head-office in Paris to prepare, along side Mr Owen-Jones, his new role as Group Chief Executive Officer. His nomination was made official to the Board following the General Assembly meeting of 25th April 2006.
In 2009, Jean-Paul Agon has been named the recipient of the Ethics Resource Center’s Pace Leadership in Ethics Award (the oldest American organization devoted to ethics), for the accomplishments and contributions of L’Oréal to advance ethical business management.
Mr Agon is French, speaks fluent English and has a good working knowledge of German and Greek. He is married with 3 children.