Arden appoints new CFO

Rod R. Little has joined the company as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Elizabeth Arden has appointed Rod R. Little as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer effective 1 April. Little joins Elizabeth Arden from FMCG giant Procter & Gamble, where he has served as Chief Financial Officer for P&G’s Global Salon Professional division since 2009. Prior to that, he was the finance leader for P&G’s North America Salon Professional division.

“Rod is a seasoned financial executive with a strong background in the beauty market and significant international experience,” said E. Scott Beattie, Chairman, President and CEO of Elizabeth Arden. “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 organisation within P&G, Rod earned a reputation as a strong, ‘hands on’ organizational leader and an excellent collaborator with commercial teams.”

Little added: “I am very excited to join the Elizabeth Arden team. I believe the potential for growth and value creation is tremendous, given the smart and passionate people that I have already met in the company, a strong brand portfolio, and an attractive international footprint. Having played a leadership role in similar business situations and industries, I am confident that we can develop and execute plans to drive consistent sales and margin growth. I look forward to becoming part of the Elizabeth Arden family and partnering with the team to build the business.”