L’Oréal comms supremo quits

L’Oréal’s head of corporate communications and external affairs Esra Erkal-Paler has quit after six years with the cosmetics giant.

Erkal-Paler: exits L’Oréal
Erkal-Paler: exits L’Oréal

Erkal-Paler, who is a former corporate affairs head at Unilever, is leaving to spend time with her family. She is set to return to PR later this year with options including setting up her own consultancy.

A focus of her role at L’Oréal, which took over ethical cosmetics firm The Body Shop last year, has been to imp­rove the firm’s reputation in ethical issues, including its role in testing on animals.

Erkal-Paler claimed that L’Oréal now ‘leads the industry’ in developing alternatives to animal testing.

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