Unilever-owned skin care brand Kate Somerville has named Michael Sampson as its new Chief Executive Officer. Michael, most recently President of HatchBeauty, will report to Vasiliki Petrou, Global Senior Vice President of Unilever Prestige. Michael replaces Francois Renard, and will remain based in Los Angeles.
As President of HatchBeauty, Michael developed a reputation for building influencer brands, successfully launching Kristopher Buckle Cosmetics and growing Orlando Pita in club and specialty retailers. Prior to HatchBeauty, Michael spent 10 years with L’Oréal in their professional hair care division. In his most recent L’Oréal role, Michael served as General Manager of the Prestige Professional Brands, overseeing Kerastase and Shu Uemura in the U.S.