Hair News: Kao Announces Changes in Global and U.S. Education Teams

Cory Couts, Global President of Kao Group, Salon, has announced that John Moroney, current Vice President of Education of Kao USA Inc., Salon, will succeed Debbie Biddle as the new Global VP of Education, effective October 4, 2012, leading education for the Goldwell and KMS California brands worldwide.

Debbie Biddle was with the company for over 20 years and during her tenure had directly impacted the elevation of the previously non-existent Global Education Department to the same level as Sales and Marketing.  Couts commented: “The contributions that Debbie has made to country education in her home country of Australia and Global Education for the Salon sector still shine today.  She will be sorely missed and we wish her the best of luck in the future.”

Her successor, John Moroney, has a career spanning 25 years in the professional beauty industry, including turns as stylist, platform artist, salon owner and educator. He has spent his entire professional life working to uplift hairstylists and salons.  He has worked in all aspects of education, marketing, sales, creative direction and public relations for key industry brands such as Aveda, Sebastian and Wella.

Couts commented, “In the past year leading our education efforts in the USA, John has proven his skills as a top-notch strategist and exceptional leader in the creative yet challenging world of educating and inspiring salons and stylists.  Providing cutting-edge education is at the core of all we do and we are confident this vital endeavor will be safe in John’s hands.”

"I am honored to be given the opportunity to lead the global education initiatives for our amazing brands and to join the industry’s most progressive management team.  I look forward to the opportunity to partner with stylists worldwide, strive to inspire them and help them to grow their business," says Moroney.


Trevor Attenborough, President and General Manager of Kao USA Inc., Salon has announced that Sandra Humphries, current Director of Field Education of Kao USA Inc., Salon, will succeed John Moroney as the new Vice President of Education of Kao USA Inc., Salon, effective October 4, 2012, leading education for the Goldwell and KMS California brands in the US.

Sandra Humphries, has vast experience in the professional beauty industry, including stints as a salon manager, educator, sales manager, business development manager, and sales administration leader. She has a breadth of experience working for salon product manufacturers, as well as, 17 years working for key industry leader, L’Oreal Professional.  
Attenborough commented, “Leading our field education efforts in the past year, Sandra has consistently demonstrated that she can and will be an exceptional leader for our in country education. While John has made great strides in reinventing our education programs, I am confident that Sandra will make her own mark and continue to provide US salons the cutting-edge education that is necessary to inspire and empower stylists.”

"I am thrilled to lead the US education team for our outstanding Goldwell and KMS California brands.  I look forward to working with our community of stylists and am dedicated to providing top-notch education that will inspire their artistry and enable them  to build their businesses," says Humphries.

Humphries will remain headquartered in Linthicum Heights, Maryland and will report directly to Attenborough. 

[Image courtesy of Kao USA Inc.]

Moroney will be headquartered in Darmstadt, Germany and will report directly to the Global President.

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