Deirdre Stanley has been appointed Executive Vice President and General Counsel, The Estée Lauder Companies Inc, succeeding Sara E. Moss, who was recently promoted to the newly-created role of Vice Chairman.
In her new position, Deirdre will jointly report to William P. Lauder, Executive Chairman, and Fabrizio Freda, President and Chief Executive Officer, and she will join the company’s Executive Leadership Team. Her responsibilities will include acting as a strategic advisor to the organization and to Estée Lauder’s Board of Directors on complex global legal issues and the company’s business interests. Deirdre will also act as a key partner to the company’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. Additionally, she will lead the company’s legal review of potential acquisitions, divestitures, and joint ventures.
Prior to her appointment, Deirdre served as General Counsel for The Thomson Reuters Corporation and its predecessor company for 17 years. After six years as Senior Vice President and General Counsel of The Thomson Corporation, she was promoted to Executive Vice President and General Counsel following the acquisition of Reuters by Thomson in 2008. During her tenure, Deirdre had roles of increasing responsibility, including serving as a member of the company’s Executive and Operating Committees, as Secretary to the company’s Board of Directors, and as a company-appointed director of Refinitiv, a financial markets data joint venture. As the company’s Chief Legal Officer, Ms. Stanley was responsible for worldwide legal affairs and operations with lawyers in more than 10 countries, including in North America, Europe, Asia and multiple emerging markets. From 1999 to 2002, Ms. Stanley held roles of increasing responsibility at InterActiveCorp/USA Networks, Inc., now IAC.
William P. Lauder said, “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.”
Fabrizio Freda added, “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.”
Her new role is effective October 28, 2019.