Isabelle, General Counsel for Competition Law
"If you ask people what they think about legal, most of them will tell you, "oh no, those are the guys that always say no!" And sometime we do have to say no, because those are the rules.
I'm part of the Legal Department. I'm a former lawyer. My job means you're an expert in a specific field. You have to provide service to people within the group but also keep in mind that you need to secure the interest of the group, which is one of your main missions.
Nothing is ever easy with law. You always have to think a lot, understand the questions and provide the right advice. Legal is very specific because you're dealing with different rules as well as the business needs. You have to balance the two and ensure that the group's interests are very secure.
You need to be creative with Legal because you have to know the rules and use them in a very specific context. When you're facing a question, it may be yes or it may be no, but you have to evaluate the risk.
The idea is to keep in mind that Legal is a tool and not an obstacle. We are there to help, but within the group's interest.
What is very 'L’Oréal' is that many people are involved in many things. Sometimes it's hard to get a clear decision but it brings you a lot of ideas and brainstorming is always good.
I have to work with countries on their daily activities and questions, for which I provide specialized advice. Having a job at the group level means that I deal with issues in the 66 countries within the field of competition. And you realize how the issues are different depending on the county. Even from a global point of view, the questions are different, the approach is different, the culture is different, and all that makes it very rich and very interesting."