The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. has appointed Deirdre Stanley to executive vice president and general counsel, effective October 28. Stanley will jointly report to William P. Lauder, executive chairman; and Fabrizio Freda, president and chief executive officer. She will join the company’s Executive Leadership Team.
“Deirdre is a highly talented, proven general counsel and seasoned executive whose global business acumen and legal expertise are matched only by her leadership capabilities and sound judgment,” said Lauder. “Deirdre’s exemplary track record of leading large organizations and acting as a key strategic partner to multiple CEOs and Boards at a family-controlled, publicly-traded company makes her uniquely suited to take on this role.”
As executive vice president and general counsel, Stanley will be responsible for The Estée Lauder Companies’ (ELC) Legal organization globally. She will act as a strategic advisor to the organization and to ELC’s Board of Directors on complex global legal issues and the company’s business interests going forward. In this critical role, she will lead the company’s legal strategy, practices, and policies globally. Stanley will act as a key partner to ELC’s executive leaders and business units across the organization on a wide range of legal matters including corporate strategies, reporting, compliance, risk mitigation, governance and complex business transactions. She will also lead the company’s legal review of potential acquisitions, divestitures, and joint ventures.
“Deirdre’s exceptional career demonstrates her effectiveness as both a world-class general counsel and strategic business leader capable of managing a global organization while staying focused on long-term growth and transformation,” said Freda. “Deirdre’s extensive expertise, sound judgment in both business as well as legal matters, and strong understanding of the unique environment in which ELC operates make her ideally suited for this role. Working closely with our Board of Directors, William and me, Deirdre will be a critical partner in driving ELC’s strategy for long-term sustainable growth.”
Stanley succeeds Sara E. Moss, who was recently promoted to the newly-created role of vice chairman.