After 38 years of dedicated service to the professional beauty industry, Sara Jones, SVP and general manager of Joico, announces her retirement. The Henkel brand says Melisa Gill will replace Jones as general manager effective May 1, 2020.
Jones began her career in 1982 as a hairdresser, which later led to corporate roles in education, sales and marketing. In addition to leading Joico to become a leading company in the industry with annual, profitable growth, Jones has been a champion for the advancement of the professional beauty industry through her involvement in numerous associations. Her leadership was recognized in 2011 when she was honored with one of the industry’s most prestigious awards, City of Hope’s ‘Spirit of Life’ Award.
“Our entire organization thanks Sara for her outstanding contributions and wishes her happiness and JOI in her retirement,” says Stefan L. Mund, regional head of Henkel Beauty Care Hair Professional for North America. “Her contributions to the industry and her personal impact on those she’s touched is evidence that Sara loved her work and made it a priority,” he adds.
Gill, vice president, Global Marketing and New Product Development at Joico, is an experienced executive who has worked at top-tier beauty organizations including L’Oreal and Piidea Canada. Soon after joining Piidea in 2004, Gill progressed through the organization to roles of increasing responsibility, eventually becoming marketing director for Joico and Zotos, before relocating to the U.S. in 2016 to assume her current role. Gill has an MBA in marketing from the Schulich School of Business at York University, Toronto, Canada, and is fluent in French and English. Gill will report to Mund.
“We are excited to announce the appointment of Melisa to this new role,” says Mund. “Melisa is a highly skilled professional, with a proven ability to deliver results and drive sustainable growth. Her proven experience, creativity and expertise well-position her to cultivate further momentum and success of our Joico brand portfolio.”