Andrea Jung Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Avon Products is responsible for developing and executing all of the companyís long-term growth strategies launching new brand initiatives developing earnings opportunities for women worldwide and defining Avon as the premier direct seller of beauty products.
Ms. Jung was appointed CEO in 1999 and elected Chairman in 2001. She has been a member of the Board of Directors since January 1998.
Prior to her current role Ms. Jung was President and Chief Operating Officer with full P&L responsibility for Avonís business units worldwide. From 1996 to 1998 she ascended to senior level positions within Avonís product marketing group where she oversaw research and development market research strategic planning joint ventures and alliances.
Ms. Jung joined the company in January 1994 as President Product Marketing Group Avon U.S.
Before joining Avon Ms. Jung was Executive Vice President at Neiman Marcus from 1991 to 1993 responsible for accessories cosmetics and womenís intimate and childrenís apparel. Prior to that she was Senior Vice President General Merchandising Manager at I. Magnin from 1987 to 1991.
Ms. Jung became the first woman elected chair of the Cosmetic Toiletry and Fragrance Association in March 2001 a role she held until early 2005. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the General Electric Company and is a member of the New York Presbyterian Hospital Board of Trustees and the Catalyst Board of Directors.
In 2005 Ms. Jung was ranked #5 on Fortune magazine's "50 Most Powerful Women in Business list and has been on that list since its inception. Also in 2005 The Wall Street Journal ranked Ms. Jung #3 on its "50 Women to Watch in Business list. In late 2004 she was named one of "10 Prominent People to Watch in 2005" by Newsweek magazine. In January 2003 she was featured in BusinessWeek as one of the Best Managers of the Year.
Ms. Jung is a magna cum laude graduate of Princeton University and is fluent in Chinese (Mandarin).