Beauty company Kao announces executive moves

CINCINNATI — Kao — whose brands include Jergens, Biore and John Frieda — has announced several executive appointments, including the appointment of Paul Nunnari as president of Kao Canada, effective Jan. 1.

Succeeding Nunnari is John Sullivan, who has been named VP sales for Kao USA, effective Jan. 1.

Nunnari suceeds Simon Bureau, who recently passed away after a long illness. Nunnari’s responsibilities will include leading and growing both the mass and salon businesses in Canada with the salon brands Goldwell and KMS California and for the mass hair care brand John Frieda and skin care, Jergens, Curel and Biore.


Nunnari has been with Kao USA for the past four years as VP of sales for the mass business. He also has been an integral member of the U.S. senior management team responsible for the development and growth of the U.S. market, one of the largest markets within the Kao Group.

Nunnari’s prior experience includes a variety of management board positions at Johnson & Johnson. He served as VP sales at McNeil, Johnson & Johnson Merck and the Johnson & Johnson Consumer Cos. He began his career in sales at Proctor & Gamble.

”Paul’s vision and leadership qualities will play a significant role in the future growth and ongoing success of our Canadian business. His understanding of the business needs and brands, as well as his contagious enthusiasm, positions him well to lead the business forward. On behalf of the company, I wish to congratulate Paul on his new role,” said Joe Workman, Kao Americas president.

In his new role, Sullivan’s responsibilities will include managing the mass business sector’s sales organization, which include field sales, customer marketing, shopper insights and sales operations. Sullivan will report directly to John Nosek, Kao USA President.
 Sullivan has been with Kao USA since 2004 and has held a variety of roles with an increasing level of responsibility. In his latest role as senior director, sales strategies and effectiveness, he led both the trade marketing and sales operations departments.   

In addition, Sullivan will become a member of the Kao USA Management Committee.

“We are excited to have John assume his new role here at Kao USA," Nosek said. "Since joining Kao, he has had a significant impact on our business. We are fortunate to have someone with John’s experience, track record of success and leadership to head our mass sales team."

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