Estee Lauder executive John Demsey was recently suspended due to his Instagram remark. Demsey was acquired by Lauder in 1991. The former has been an executive group president of the firm since 2015. WWD obtained an internal document mentioning John’s unpaid absence. According to the memo:
“John Demsey has been put on unpaid leave effective immediately owing to material uploaded on his Instagram account.” The provided material does not reflect The Estée Lauder Companies’ values. As a firm that is genuinely devoted to inclusive activities and conduct, and in accordance with our corporate regulations, our workers and management are held responsible for following these principles.”
What was John Demsey’s inconvenient post about?
Demsey used the N-word in a contentious Instagram post. According to The Wall Street Journal, the cosmetics behemoth’s executive president tweeted improperly, including a joke about COVID-19. The center, which has since been removed, was a meme depicting a mock-up of a book cover featuring Sesame Street icon Big Bird with a photoshopped mask. On Instagram, John presently has over 73,000 followers. Estée Lauder, on the other hand, did not issue a statement detailing the cause for the executive’s suspension. According to a source, the board of directors of the cosmetics behemoth met on Tuesday to examine Demsey’s appointment.
Find out more about John Demsey.
John is a divorced father with an adolescent son. He is well-known on the New York City party scene and among high-powered personalities. Demsey earned his bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and his master’s degree from New York University’s Stern School of Business. He started his career in the cosmetics sector in the 1990s. In 1998, he was appointed head of Estee Lauder’s division, MAC Cosmetics. Then, in 2006, he was named Estee Lauder’s worldwide president.
Working with Clinique, Aramis and Designer Fragrances, Prescriptives, MAC Cosmetics, Bobbi Brown, Jo Malone London, Bumble & Bumble, Tom Ford Beauty, Smashbox, Rodin olio Lusso, Le Labo, Editions de Perfumes Frédéric Malle, and Glamglow, John has created a formidable portfolio. He was the creative director for MAC, Clinique, Too Faced, Smashbox, Glamglow, and Tom Ford Beauty. From 2020 forward, his position will be more focused on makeup.
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