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Michael O’Hare

EVP, Global Human Resources, The Estée Lauder Companies
Michael O’Hare is a leading HR executive with experience at some of the biggest global companies, focusing on recruitment, retention, and HR development.

Michael O’Hare is Executive Vice President, Global Human Resources, at The Estée Lauder Companies, one of the world’s leading manufacturers and marketers of quality skin care, makeup, fragrance and hair care products. Mr. O’Hare has held this position since September 2013. He reports to the Company’s Executive Chairman, William P. Lauder, and President and Chief Executive Officer, Fabrizio Freda.

Overseeing a global network of Human Resources (HR) professionals, Mr. O’Hare works closely with all business operations of the Company, directing the recruitment, retention, compensation, and development of the Company’s 44,000 employees. Mr. O’Hare has more than 20 years of experience directing and guiding teams around the world.

Before joining The Estée Lauder Companies, Mr. O’Hare was Global Chief Human Resources Officer for the Netherlands-based company Heineken N.V. As a member of Heineken’s executive committee, he helped integrate acquired operations in Mexico, Brazil, Southeast Asia, Ethiopia, Haiti and Nigeria. Working closely with Heineken’s board of directors, Mr. O’Hare led the company’s governance, compensation and talent development programs, establishing a top HR function that supports Heineken’s more than 85,000 employees across 70 countries.

Prior to his time at Heineken, Mr. O’Hare spent 13 years at PepsiCo Inc., where he held a variety of senior HR roles culminating in the position of Chief Personnel Officer/Vice President for Asia Pacific. In this role, he oversaw all HR activities in the region across more than 40 business units and joint ventures.

Mr. O’Hare was born in Northern Ireland and has lived and worked in Europe, the United States and Asia. After graduating from the University of Dundee in Scotland, he went on to receive a Master of Economics from the London School of Economics and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago.

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