NEW YORK — Elizabeth Arden has appointed former Procter & Gamble executive Rod Little to serve as EVP and CFO, effective April 1.
Since 2009, Little has served as CFO for P&G’s Global Salon Professional division, a $2 billion global business, and led a 200 person finance organization in over 20 countries. He was also a member of P&G’s Global Beauty Leadership Council. Prior to that, Little was the finance leader for P&G’s North America Salon Professional division. He joined P&G in 1997, after serving in the U.S. Air Force for five years, and progressed at P&G through numerous corporate finance and divisional finance leadership roles of increasing responsibility.
Along with significant global beauty experience, Little brings recent international experience having lived and worked outside of the United States for the past five years, managing specific divisional growth initiatives in Europe and Asia. As the finance leader for Wella after its acquisition by P&G, Little was responsible for the integration of that division.
“Rod is a seasoned financial executive with a strong background in the beauty market and significant international experience. We believe that he is particularly well-equipped to work with our senior executive team to help us return to systematic sales growth and gross margin improvement. Having led a large global finance organization within P&G, Rod earned a reputation as a strong, ‘hands on’ organizational leader and an excellent collaborator with commercial teams,” E. Scott Beattie, chairman, president and CEO, said.