Kao appoints Christian Melcher as Chief Marketing Officer of its global salon business. Industry expert Christian Melcher is the new Global Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) for KAO’s salon business. This was announced by the Japanese consumer goods manufacturer. In this newly created position, Melcher will lead the brand development, marketing, digital and communications activities for the professional salon brands Goldwell, KMS and Kerasilk. He will support the company’s growth strategy to become the global leader in salon hair colour and luxury hair care. He will also play a key role in accelerating Kao’s digital and e-commerce strategies.
Christian Melcher previously served as Corporate Vice President D2C at Henkel Beauty Care
Melcher has more than 20 years of international experience in marketing, sales and management in the beauty and salon industry. In his last position as Corporate Vice President D2C, he led the global D2C activities of Henkel’s Beauty Care business. The track record of his career is thus based on his ability to build strong brands and strong teams, as well as to generate growth through innovation and excellent market execution. In his role, the new CMO will thereby become a member of the Global Salon Leadership Team of the Kao Salon Division. He will report to Dominic Pratt, Global President Kao Salon Division.
Christian Melcher is looking forward to leading KAO into a new era
“I am very excited about my new role at Kao and looking forward to working with so many talented and passionate people. The salon industry is unique and sets the standard in the beauty industry in many ways. Kao’s brand portfolio is also unparalleled in terms of quality and creativity. I am therefore looking forward to taking these unique brands into a new era. And to make them known and loved by even more stylists and consumers around the world,” says the CMO.
KAO: Christian Melcher is a strong leader and team player
“Melcher not only brings the right knowledge and skills to achieve our ambitious growth targets. He is also a strong leader and a team player. This makes him a perfect fit with the corporate culture of our Kao family. This is characterised by strong values such as integrity, customer focus and innovation,” Dominic Pratt comments.
Christian Melcher: About Kao
Kao manufactures high-quality products that enrich the lives of consumers around the world. Through its portfolio of over 20 leading brands including Attack, Bioré, Goldwell, Jergens, John Frieda, Kanebo, Laurier, Merries and Molton Brown, Kao is part of the everyday lives of people in Asia, Oceania, North America and Europe. Together with its chemicals division, which contributes to a wide range of industries, Kao also generates annual sales of around 1,550 billion yen. Kao employs around 35,400 people worldwide for this purpose. It looks back on a 136-year history of innovation. For up-to-date information on the Kao Group https://www.kao.com/global/en/ .
[Text/Picture: KAO Germany]