THE WHAT? The Estée Lauder Companies has announced the appointment of Meridith Webster into the newly-created role of Executive Vice President, Global Communications and Public Affairs, effective 17th May, 2021.
THE DETAILS Reporting to William P. Lauder, Executive Chairman, and Fabrizio Freda, President and Chief Executive Officer, Website will also join the company’s Executive Leadership Team.
Webster will be succeeding Alexandra Trower, Global Communications, and Maria Cristina González Noguera, head of Global Public Affairs, who are retiring and moving on to new companies respectively.
As part of her new role, Webster will oversee the company’s Global Communications and Public Affaairs teams, and is tasked with leading “the strategy and delivery of holistic, integrated global communications to advance ELC’s corporate reputation and winning business narrative, while building brand equity and strengthening the platforms that resonate with key audiences internally and externally.”
THE WHY The communications exec was lauded for her past experience. Having previously held tenures under multiple U.S. Presidential administrations, Webster joins ELC from the Biden White House where she worked as as Special Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff to the Domestic Policy Council.
Lauder said, “Meridith’s deep public and private sector experience, coupled with her core values and leadership style, make her uniquely suited to step into this role now.”