Getting to know the individuals behind the industry's leading brands.
Amber Garrison, Senior Vice President and Global General Manager for Bumble and bumble
My main goals with the company are: To build on Bumble and bumble’s exceptional heritage as a trailblazer and innovator and to maximize the brand’s potential through all the ways we serve hairdressers and consumers.
Leadership means: Supporting and developing my team and leading by example and with kindness.
In five years, I see the hair industry: Continuing to push the technical and artistic boundaries of the craft and providing extraordinary, personalized experiences to clients.
I get inspired by: Learning and collaborating with curious, creative, passionate people.
My favorite way to unwind is: Listening to music on vinyl.
My top vacation destinations is: Hawaii, or anywhere there’s a beach.
When I think of beauty, I think of: Individuality, possibility and transformation.
I work in professional beauty because: It’s incredibly fun and dynamic, and there’s nowhere else I’d rather work.
Robert Schaeffler, CEO of DevaCurl
My main goals with the company are: To continue to strengthen DevaCurl’s position as the No. 1 curly hair brand globally. Besides a clear focus on product innovation and leading digitally, one of the most important aspects is celebrating DevaCurl’s professional heritage, including the Devachan salons and our unbelievable stylist community.
Leadership means: Working in an entrepreneurial environment where my contributions are valued and I can see their impact. Leadership is about creating that environment for my team by listening to them and having an open-door policy.
In five years, I see the hair industry: Being more digitally disruptive. As much as we love social media in the stylist community, we haven’t always embraced the power of digital. ere is huge opportunity to leverage this evolution.
I get inspired by: The passion of my team, and witnessing those real moments of transformation in the salon that happen every day by our talented stylists.
My favorite way to unwind is: Playing beach volleyball and taking long walks with my baby boy and dog.
My top vacation destinations is: Fiji, where I got engaged. I love remote destinations where I can enjoy wine, our baby, the beach, and having no cell service!
When I think of beauty, I think of: My wife. In general terms, I think of the powerful emotion when we feel our best—and hair is often a key contributor to that feeling.
I work in professional beauty because: You have the chance to help people feel their best and embrace who they are, which is a true gift to experience.
Emilie Poisson, General Manager for L’Oréal Professionnel
My main goals with the company are: To continue growing L’Oréal Professionnel to be the most aspirational professional brand in the U.S. and to continue inspiring new stylists and colorists with the latest innovations, trends and techniques. In 2019, L’Oréal Professionnel will be celebrating 110 years of color and hair mastery!
Leadership means: Vision, courage, trust, and empathy.
In five years, I see the hair industry: Continuing to use digital innovations to enhance the client experience and advance professional expertise—two essential elements that keep clients coming back to the salon.
I get inspired by: Strong women leaders. We are fortunate to have quite a few in the L’Oréal Group!
My favorite way to unwind is: With a glass of wine by the fire in the winter or watching the sea in the summer. It’s a tribute to my French origins, I guess.
My top vacation destinations is: France, near Lyon where I grew up, to spend time with my family.
When I think of beauty, I think of: Diversity.
I work in professional beauty because: Of the relationships with the people. Since joining several months ago, I traveled throughout the U.S. to visit some of our customers and was so fortunate to meet with passionate individuals who care so much about their clients and our industry.
This story first appeared in the March issue of Beauty Launchpad magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.
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