John Demsey has been Group President, The Estée Lauder Companies Inc., since July 2006. In this role, he oversees Estée Lauder, M·A·C Cosmetics, Tom Ford Beauty, Prescriptives, Bobbi Brown, Jo Malone, La Mer and Smashbox Cosmetics.
Throughout his career Mr. Demsey has demonstrated a unique ability to establish a brand's authority while continuing to respect its heritage. By continually developing innovative products, cultivating new markets and establishing an unprecedented link between fashion, beauty and entertainment, he has led the brands in his portfolio to unparalleled growth and expansion.
From January 2005 through July 2006, Mr. Demsey served as Global Brand President of Estée Lauder and M·A·C, while also assuming responsibility for Sean John, Tom Ford Beauty and Prescriptives. On Estée Lauder, Mr. Demsey worked closely with Aerin Lauder, Senior Vice President, Creative Director, to enhance brand image through new models and breakthrough advertising campaigns. Mr. Demsey worked closely with designer Tom Ford to launch Tom Ford Beauty, including its successful Private Blend fragrances, and with Sean John to launch Sean John's top-selling fragrances.
From 1998 to 2005 Mr. Demsey served as President of M·A·C, where he grew the brand into the global makeup powerhouse it remains today. Distribution exploded from 19 to over 75 global markets and today M·A·C is known all over the world as the cult makeup authority. As Chairman of the M·A·C AIDS Fund, Mr. Demsey has secured numerous iconic celebrities for the M·A·C VIVA GLAM campaigns including; Elton John, Mary J. Blige, Pamela Anderson, Christina Aguilera, Fergie, Dita von Teese, Cyndi Lauper and Lady Gaga. Through the sales of VIVA GLAM lipsticks and lipglasses, the M·A·C AIDS Fund has raised $190 million. Mr. Demsey is also an active participant in several AIDS-related organizations, including the Fashion Group International Advisory Board; Advisory Council of the Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS; Honorary Board of Love Heals; Love Heals, The Alison Gertz Foundation for AIDS Education; Executive Advisory Board of the Children Affected by AIDS Foundation; and AIDS Project Los Angeles.
Each year, M·A·C participates in 23 Fashion Weeks around the world: New York, London, Milan, Paris, Sydney, Copenhagen, Athens, Moscow, Berlin, Delhi, Capetown, Johannesburg, Madrid, Mexico City, Miami Swimwear, NY Bridal, Auckland, Toronto, Tokyo, Sao Paulo, Paris Couture, Milan Menswear and Paris Menswear. The total number of shows the brand does annually is approximately 850. Since the beginning, fashion has played a significant role in the brand's philosophy, and M·A·C has supported both existing and emerging design talent resulting not only in backstage makeup artistry support but product collaborations with high profile designers such as Alexander McQueen, Emanuel Ungaro, Heatherette and DSquared2.
From 1991 to 1998, Mr. Demsey held several positions with Estée Lauder in its New York headquarters, as well as in the field. He was Senior Vice President, Sales and Education, Estée Lauder USA and Canada, where he was instrumental in expanding the brand's business and increasing market share. Prior to that, he was Vice President, Sales, for the West Coast region.
Before joining The Estée Lauder Companies he worked as Vice President of Sales at the specialty division of Revlon, which included the Borghese, Alexandra de Markoff and Lancaster brands. He also held various executive positions with Bloomingdale's, Macy's, Benetton and Saks Fifth Avenue.
Mr. Demsey earned his Master of Business Administration degree from New York University and a Bachelor of Science degree from Stanford University.