Avon Names Brian Connolly President, Avon U.S.
Sep 13, 2000
Avon Products, Inc. (NYSE: AVP) announced today that Brian C. Connolly has been named president, Avon U.S., effective immediately. Mr. Connolly continues to report to Susan J. Kropf, Chief Operating Officer, Avon North America and Global Business Operations.
Mr. Connolly, 45, a 22-year veteran of the company, has been senior vice president, U.S. sales and operations since 1999 with responsibility for day-to-day running of Avon's U.S. business. As president, Avon U.S., he will now have additional responsibility for Avon.com, the company's Internet site for U.S. sales representatives, as well as the U.S. marketing function.
Avon U.S. is the largest single market for Avon, with sales last year of $1.8 billion, or about one-third of the total sales of the corporation.
"Brian has demonstrated exceptional leadership abilities throughout his career at Avon," said Ms. Kropf. "That, combined with his in-depth experience in all aspects of Avon's U.S. operations will help ensure the successful implementation of our growth strategies," she said.
Mr. Connolly joined Avon in 1978 as a financial analyst. After rising through the ranks in finance, he joined the sales organization in 1989 as a division manager. He was named regional sales vice president for the Southeast in 1995 and, in 1996, he assumed responsibility for Avon's national sales organization as group vice president sales. In 1997, he was named group vice president, sales and customer service and became group vice president, sales and operations in 1999.
Avon is the world's leading direct seller of beauty and related products, with $5.3 billion in annual revenues. Avon markets to women in 137 countries through three million independent sales representatives. Avon product lines include such recognizable brands as Anew, Skin-So-Soft, Avon Color, Far Away, Rare Gold, Perceive, Avon Skin Care and Women of Earth. Avon also markets an extensive line of fashion jewelry, apparel, gifts and collectible. More information on Avon and its products can be found on the company's award-winning website http://www.avon.com/.
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