Geoff Skingsley Executive Vice President, Human Resources Grupo

Clichy, 3rd January 2005

Mr. François Vachey, Executive Vice-President Human Resources of the L’Oréal Group since 1990, has chosen to retire in December 2004. Mr. Geoff Skingsley will succeed him as from 1st January 2005.

Geoff Skingsley, British, joined the L’Oréal Group’s marketing teams within L’Oréal UK, in 1986. In 1990, he was put in charge of the Consumer Products Division in the Netherlands, then in 1994 and for the next four years he was General Manager of L’Oréal India, before being named General Manager of L’Oréal UK at the end of 1999.

Geoff Skingsley became Deputy Director, Human Resources alongside François Vachey, at the beginning of 2004.

Lindsay Owen-Jones, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of L’Oréal stated: “I wish to express my profound gratitude to François Vachey for his exceptional contribution, particularly over the past fifteen years at the head of Human Resources, a domain which, thanks to him, has successfully developed and increased in influence throughout the world. Geoff Skingsley will now be taking over from him: Geoff Skingsley is an accomplished boss, with a vast international experience as Country manager, who has achieved unerring success both in terms of managing businesses and winning market share, as in terms of the quality of his personal leadership. He is an experienced Manager, with rare human qualities”.

Geoff Skingsley is thus nominated as from 1st January 2005, Executive Vice President, Human Resources, for the L’Oréal Group.

Contact at L’Oréal:

Mike Rumsby
Tél : 01 47 56 76 71
mrumsby@dgc.loreal.com