Prior to that, he held several senior positions at Coty Inc. including president, Americas, where “he had full strategic and operational responsibility of the $1.2 billion business that spanned multiple beauty categories and channels.”
Cleary started his career at Nestle and then moved into the personal care and beauty sector where he held several sales and general management positions with Johnson & Johnson before joining Coty. Arden says he has a successful track record of profitably growing brand portfolios, both through organic growth as well as acquisition. During his tenure at Coty, he was directly responsible for fragrance and nail color brand innovation, acquisitions, and the marketing and sales teams within his business unit.
This experience along with his strong leadership capabilities and deep retailer relationships makes him uniquely qualified to drive growth in our global fragrances brand portfolio, according to E. Scott Beattie, chairman, president and chief executive officer, Elizabeth Arden, Inc., adding: “Given George’s successful track record, and his direct, relevant experience in the beauty business, I expect George to make a big impact on our global fragrance business.”