Avon Products, Inc. has appointed Sherilyn S. (Sheri) McCoy, former Vice Chairman of Johnson & Johnson, as Chief Executive Officer. McCoy will join Avon effective April 23, 2012, and will also serve as a director on the company's Board of Directors.
Previously, McCoy, 53, was with Johnson & Johnson for 30 years. Most recently as Vice Chairman of the company's Pharmaceutical, Consumer, Corporate Office of Science & Technology, and Information Technology Divisions, she served on J & J's Executive Committee with oversight for more than 60% of J & J's $65 billion in revenues. Her responsibilities included stewardship for a broad portfolio of consumer brands, including Neutrogena, Aveeno, Lubriderm, Clean & Clear and ROC. She has a B.S. degree in textile chemistry from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, a master's degree in chemical engineering from Princeton University, and an MBA from Rutgers University.
"The Board conducted an extensive search among many world-class candidates across the direct selling, retail and consumer sectors, and Sheri emerged as the clear choice to take Avon into the future,” said Fred Hassan, lead director of Avon's Board. “Sheri has a unique combination of strategic and finely-honed operational skills, a significant turnaround track record, global experience and people leadership. Given her consistent record of outperforming against new challenges, we have great confidence that under Sheri's leadership Avon can successfully execute against our strong long-term prospects."
As previously announced, Andrea Jung, currently Avon's Chairman and CEO, will continue to serve the company as Executive Chairman once Ms. McCoy assumes the CEO position. Ms. McCoy will report to the company's Board of Directors.
"We are thrilled to have someone of Sheri's caliber assuming the leadership of Avon," Jung said. "Throughout her career at J & J, Sheri has had a demonstrated track record of successfully achieving results and driving change across highly diverse operating units with widely varying product lines, customers, distribution channels and business models. She is also known for her ability to identify and empower great talent and motivate and inspire people. I look forward to supporting Sheri as Avon's new CEO.”
McCoy said: "I am extremely honored and excited to join Avon—a great company with an iconic brand and so much clear potential. Avon has an unparalleled global direct selling sales force of over six million Representatives and an enviable geographic footprint. I look forward to working with the team to develop and execute a roadmap to achieve the next phase of growth for the company."