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Bart Becht, Chairman & Interim CEO, Coty Inc.

Bart Becht

Chairman & Interim CEO

Bart Becht is Chairman of Coty Inc. and was appointed Interim CEO on Sept. 29, 2014, following the departure of former CEO Michele Scannavini for personal reasons. Mr. Becht will work with Coty’s Executive Committee to ensure a smooth transition and oversee major decisions at the company.

Before joining Coty, Mr. Becht served as chief executive officer of Reckitt Benckiser, a leading global consumer goods company, from 1995 to 2011. Mr. Becht also held a variety of marketing, sales and finance positions at The Procter & Gamble Company, contributing to his over 30 years of business experience building consumer brands around the world.

Mr. Becht currently serves as Chairman of JAB, a family holding company with investments in consumer goods companies like Reckitt Benckiser, Coty, DEMB, etc. He also serves as Chairman of DE Master Blenders N.V. as well as Non-executive Director of Peet’s Coffee & Tea, Inc., the Caribou Coffee Company and ICON Aircraft, Inc.

A native of the Netherlands, Mr. Becht holds a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Groningen in the Netherlands.

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Patrice de Talhouët

Chief Financial Officer

Patrice de Talhouët is our Chief Financial Officer and a member of the Executive Committee.
Mr. de Talhouët oversees strategic leadership for all corporate finance, including mergers & acquisitions, new business development, planning and budgeting, treasury, tax and fiscal management and information technologies.

With more than 20 years’ experience in senior finance positions, Patrice has a proven, successful track record in leading large financial operations with global corporations. Beginning his career at Société Générale in 1990, Patrice later joined Alcatel-Lucent, where he held a series of positions with increasing responsibility resulting in deep financial expertise and co-piloting skills. In 2007, he joined Mars, Inc., as the London based Chief Financial Officer Europe, for Mars Chocolate. Four years later, Patrice moved to New York, where he most recently served as Corporate Finance Officer Americas for Mars, Inc. As a member of the finance executive committee for Mars, Inc., Patrice oversaw governance and compliance in the Americas and successfully led a multiple year program to transform the global finance function for the company, while acting as the Dean of the Mars University for Finance.

Patrice serves on the Board of Directors at Devoteam, a listed French IT services company, first in the Remuneration committee from 2002 to 2010, and now in the Audit committee since May 2010.

He holds bachelor’s degrees in Economics from Paris X, as well as a master’s degree in Finance, Accounting and Corporate Law. A native of France, Patrice has lived in London, Belgium and Paris throughout his career and now resides in New York.

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Jules Kaufman

Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary

Jules Kaufman is Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Coty Inc. In his role as General Counsel, he is responsible for overseeing Coty’s legal affairs worldwide, including, among other things, acquisitions and divestitures, governance, compliance, licenses and patents and regulatory issues. Additionally, he serves on the Executive Committee. Mr. Kaufman has more than 28 years of legal experience.

Prior to joining Coty Inc. as General Counsel in 2008, he served in Paris and Geneva as Vice President and Division General Counsel for Colgate-Palmolive Company’s Europe/South Pacific division. Prior to that, Mr. Kaufman held positions of increasing responsibility with the Colgate legal function focusing on securities law, corporate governance and executive compensation as well as overseeing mergers and acquisitions and finance transactions for Colgate’s Europe, Latin America, Asia and Middle East-Africa divisions. Mr. Kaufman began his career in private practice in New York City.

He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard University and his Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law.

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Géraud-Marie Lacassagne

Senior Vice President of Human Resources

As Senior Vice President of Human Resources at Coty Inc., Géraud-Marie Lacassagne leads Coty’s worldwide human resources department and oversees all global employee communication initiatives. His network of HR professionals works closely with all business operations of the Company, directing the recruitment, compensation, training placement and development of more than 12,000 employees. Additionally, Mr. Lacassagne is a member of the Executive Committee.

Mr. Lacassagne joined the Company as an International Human Resources Manager in 1998. After one year, he was appointed Vice President of Human Resources, responsible for the management of human resources for the entire supply chain including manufacturing and logistic facilities in Europe, Asia and the United States. Mr. Lacassagne expanded his role to provide human resources support to Coty Prestige and Coty Beauty in Europe. Prior to becoming Senior Vice President of Human Resources in 2005, Mr. Lacassagne was leading the human resources organization of Coty outside the Americas.

Prior to joining Coty Inc., Mr. Lacassagne was the Director of Human Resources at Nestlé Coffee Specialties France S.A. and also spent eight years at the Dow Chemical Company in various roles.

Mr. Lacassagne holds a Master of Science degree in Business Management from École des Hautes Études Commerciales in Paris.

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Ralph Macchio is Chief Scientific Officer and Senior Vice President, Research

Ralph Macchio

SVP of Global Research and Development, Chief Scientific Officer

Ralph Macchio is Chief Scientific Officer and Senior Vice President of Global Research and Development at Coty Inc. Additionally, he is a member of the Executive Committee. Mr. Macchio is responsible for all Scientific Affairs and Global Regulatory Affairs at the Company and the Global Consumer Affairs team. He has 30 years of cosmetic research and development experience.

Since joining the Company in 1992, Mr. Macchio has held various positions of increasing responsibility at Coty Inc. Prior to becoming Chief Scientific Officer and Senior Vice President of Global Research and Development in 2007, Mr. Macchio served as Vice President of Global Research and Development.

Mr. Macchio is a champion of innovation in all categories and has been leading the efforts towards Coty’s sustainability program. In 2011, under his leadership, the Consumer Goods Technology Group awarded Coty the Achievement in Innovation Award and recognized Coty as one of the world’s most innovative companies. He is the author of numerous patents and publications. In 2007, his efforts were recognized by his peers in the health and beauty industry when he received the Lifetime Achievement Award in Product Innovation.

Prior to joining Coty, Mr. Macchio held several positions at Revlon Inc., where, during his 12-year tenure, he advanced from a Junior Chemist to the position of Departmental Manager, Color Cosmetics. He received degrees in Biochemistry and Chemistry from the State University of New York at Albany.

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Mario Reis

Executive Vice President, Supply Chain

Mario Reis is Coty’s Executive Vice President of Supply Chain and a member of Coty’s Executive Committee. Running our fully integrated, end-to-end Supply Chain, Mr. Reis plays a key role in facilitating the acceleration of profitable growth, faster speed to market of innovation as well as driving cost leadership at Coty.

Over the last 30 years, Mr. Reis has built a solid experience in Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) Supply Chain with Mars Inc. and Danone, in Europe, Brazil and South Africa. Prior to joining Coty, Mr. Reis spent 16 years with Danone, where he held several senior executive positions in Global Operations. For the last 5 years, Mr. Reis served as Managing Director of Danone South Africa, growing the business vigorously and transforming it from a joint venture into a stand-alone company.

Mr. Reis brings a holistic experience, covering both bottom line improvement and top line development. Building on analytical discipline gained early in his career as a consultant at Bain & Company, Mr. Reis’ key experiences include: setting up a continuous improvement program yielding annual delivered COGS gains; management of a global purchasing organization covering direct and indirect spend; design and implementation of product supply strategies including manufacturing and logistics; developing top line through consumer needs understanding and superior POS execution; management and development of global Supply Chain talent pool, based on skills, fostering local initiative and global experience sharing.

A native of Mozambique, Mr. Reis holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Manchester University in the U.K. and an MBA from INSEAD.

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As president of Global Markets, Jean Mortier oversees the management of Coty's four regions: North America, Europe, APAC/MEA and Latin America.

Jean Mortier

President of Global Markets

As President of Global Markets, Jean Mortier oversees the management of Coty’s four regions: North America, Europe, APAC/MEA and Latin America, Under Mr. Mortier’s leadership, the division steer’s Coty’s business according to local, specific consumer and retailer needs. Mr. Mortier also serves on the Executive Committee.

Prior to joining Coty, Mr. Mortier held several positions at Unilever in finance, internal audit, human resources, sales and trade marketing, key account management and supply chain, including Senior Vice President, International at Unilever Cosmetics International. In 1996, he joined the prestige division of Unilever, i.e., Calvin Klein Cosmetics, as Senior Vice president and Chief Financial Officer, where he contributed to the development of a portfolio of licenses until the business was sold to Coty in July 2005. Under the Unilever Cosmetics International umbrella, Mr. Mortier built a strong and diversified portfolio of designer brands including Calvin Klein Cosmetics, Vera Wang and European designer fragrance brands Cerruti, Chloé and Lagerfeld.

Mr. Mortier, a native of Paris, considers himself a global citizen, having worked in various countries in Europe, North and South America, and Japan. Mr. Mortier holds a degree in Business Administration from École Supérieure des Sciences Économiques et Commerciales in Cergy, France.

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As President of Categories and Innovation, Mr. Semerari oversees the strategic development of Coty's brands and four consumer driven categories: Fragrance, Skin Care, Color Cosmetics and Body Care.

Renato Semerari

President of Categories and Innovation

As President of Categories and Innovation, Mr. Semerari oversees the strategic development of Coty’s brands and four consumer-driven categories: Fragrances, Skin Care, Color Cosmetics and Body Care. Under Mr. Semerari’s leadership, the division serves as the engine of strategic category and brand development, driving best-in-class innovation worldwide. Reporting to Mr. Semerari are the Marketing, Research & Development, Communications, Digital and Consumer Marketing Insight groups. Mr. Semerari also serves on the Executive Committee.

During the last five years, Mr. Semerari served as President of Coty Beauty, a position in which he oversaw the continued development and expansion of Coty’s worldwide mass distribution portfolio, as well as sought out new business ventures and collaborations.

Mr. Semerari started his career in 1986 with Procter & Gamble, where he held a series of positions of increasing responsibility. While at P&G, he worked in the marketing department for personal care, oral care, skin care, paper and detergents, in both Italy and the United Kingdom. In 1999, he moved to LVMH as International Marketing Director of Parfums Christian Dior in charge of marketing development for fragrance, make-up and skin care. He then joined Guerlain in January 2002 as President and CEO leading the company to steady and profitable growth.

Prior to joining Coty, Mr. Semerari served as the President and CEO of Sephora Europe since October 2007. In this role he fueled his knowledge of retail, being held responsible for 12 subsidiaries and an extensive store network. During his tenure, Sephora grew rapidly in pre-existing markets while geographically expanding into new countries. In 2008, Sephora scored record gains in market share and profit, and continued this strong trend into the first quarter of 2009.

Mr. Semerari holds a degree in Business Administration from the University of Rome.

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Catia Cesari

SVP of Business Development, Mergers & Acquisitions

Catia Cesari is SVP Business Development, Mergers & Acquisitions, and a member of the Executive Committee. In her role, Ms. Cesari oversees scouting, deal origination, strategic planning, business development, and integration.

Catia is an M&A specialist with over 20 years’ experience in executing strategic deals in the luxury goods sector. In her previous role as Chief Mergers & Acquisitions and Human Capital Officer at Labelux Group, she oversaw the acquisitions of brands such as Jimmy Choo, Bally and Belstaff. Prior to that, at Gucci Group, she was instrumental in the acquisition of luxury brands Bottega Veneta and Boucheron. Catia began her career at KPMG, a tax and audit firm, before embarking on a successful decade at General Electric, where she held various positions, including Director of Corporate M&A, Europe.

She holds a master’s degree in Economics and Management from the University of Florence and is a Certified Public Accountant. Catia is an Italian citizen and is also fluent in English and Spanish. She currently lives in Geneva, Switzerland.

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