L’Oréal USA has announced the appointment of Marissa Pagnani McGowan as Chief Sustainability Officer for North America, effective November 2021. In this newly created position, McGowan will report to L’Oréal USA President & CEO Stéphane Rinderknech, who oversees L’Oréal‘s North America zone. She will also join the US management committee and the leadership team of L’Oréal‘s global Chief Corporate Responsibility Officer, Alexandra Palt.
McGowan comes to L’Oréal from PVH Corp, one of the world’s largest global apparel companies, where she most recently served as Chief Sustainability Officer. At PVH, she led a global team responsible for the inception and implementation of PVH’s Corporate Responsibility strategy. This work included priorities across environmental sustainability, human rights, social impact, responsible business practices, transparency, and fostering diversity, inclusion, and equity throughout the supply chain. She started her career as a lawyer focused on international mergers and acquisitions and corporate compliance with Skadden Arps in New York and London. She received undergraduate and law degrees from Georgetown University.
L’Oréal for the Future, the company’s 10-year sustainability transformation strategy, embodies the two complementary dimensions of corporate responsibility: transforming the company towards an increasingly sustainable business model, and contributing to solving the challenges facing the world. As part of that, the company set bold, measurable targets for 2030 on climate, water, biodiversity and natural resources, in accordance with what scientific experts demand.