NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Shiseido Americas Corporation (“Shiseido Americas” or “the Company”), a subsidiary of Tokyo-based, global cosmetics company Shiseido Company, Limited (“Shiseido”), today announced the appointment of Deanna Johnston as Chief Information Officer, effective October 26, 2016. Ms. Johnston will work closely with regional and global leadership to further develop Shiseido Americas’ IT strategic roadmap and organizational structure, including working with the company’s businesses, shared services, Digital Center of Excellence and other internal groups to evaluate new technologies to accelerate change management. She will play an important role in the corporate structure serving Shiseido’s prestige brands in the Americas, including NARS Cosmetics, Bare Escentuals, Shiseido Cosmetics America, Beauté Prestige International USA (BPI), Laura Mercier and RéVive, and the company’s subsidiaries in Canada and Brazil. Ms. Johnston will report to Ronald Gee, Chief Financial Officer of Shiseido Americas.
Mr. Gee said, “Deanna is a welcome addition to the Shiseido family as we continue to strengthen our regional corporate structure in the Americas to support our brands in bringing world-class beauty products to market. She brings expertise in digital and ecommerce technologies and has an outstanding track record of driving business and IT alignment while helping organizations implement scalable IT infrastructure to support growth. She has also demonstrated experience in delivering on objectives in enterprise planning, customer relationship management, digital and supply chains. Importantly, Deanna’s proven leadership abilities and collaborative approach will be a terrific fit for our corporate Americas team and she will be an important contributor to the objectives of Shiseido’s global VISION2020.”
Ms. Johnston has over 20 years of experience directing and executing on business transformation strategies and leading large, complex application development projects and teams, particularly in the consumer products industry. She joins Shiseido from Haier Group, the $32 billion multinational appliance and consumer electronics manufacturer, where she served as Chief Information Officer of the Americas division and successfully led the integration of the company’s newly acquired GE Appliances entity. Before that, she spent over six years leading global IT strategy at consumer electronics manufacturer Belkin International as the Chief Information Officer. Ms. Johnston also previously served in various roles in IT strategy and business consulting, including with Ingram Micro, Apria Healthcare, Arthur Andersen Business Consulting and Price Waterhouse. Ms. Johnston received her Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from the University of Texas at Arlington.
Ms. Johnston said, “I am thrilled for the opportunity to work with an organization that is dedicated to achieving excellence in all areas, and unafraid to take bold steps to execute its vision. I am inspired by Shiseido Americas’ talented leadership and the highly collaborative, cross-functional services it has established in support of its fantastic brands. There is a great opportunity for us to combine business and IT strategies to great effect for Shiseido Americas, and I am committed to working closely with our brand managers and corporate team to keep Shiseido at the forefront of the beauty industry and technology.”
About Shiseido Company, Limited
Shiseido was founded in 1872 as the first Western-style pharmacy in Japan. The business gradually evolved into a cosmetics company, offering people the most advanced technology and the finest aesthetics available in the East or the West. Now known globally as the premier cosmetics company with roots in Japan, the name Shiseido has come to represent the world’s highest standards of quality. Shiseido’s global selection of skincare, makeup and fragrance includes a high-performance category for special skincare, and a brightening line. Shiseido also offers body care, suncare and a skincare line for men. Fiercely contemporary and innovative after over 140 years in business, Shiseido group brands are now sold in over 120 countries and regions. For more information, please visit http://group.shiseido.com/.