Sephora promotes Sarah Boyd to UK Managing Director

By Amanda Pauley | Published: 1-Dec-2022

Boyd will take up her new role on 2 January 2023, tasked with growing the US beauty retailer’s UK presence

Sarah Boyd has been named Sephora’s UK Managing Director, effective from 2 January 2023. 

Boyd will be responsible for building the LVMH-owned beauty retailer’s UK community, after it relaunched into the market in October 2022 after a 17 year hiatus.

She will become a member of Sephora’s EME leadership team and report to Sylvie Moreau, President of Europe and the Middle East.

Boyd has succeeded Sarah Miles, who is leaving Sephora to focus on a new opportunity outside the company.

The news comes a week after Sephora announced Guillaume Motte as its new CEO and President

What will Sarah Boyd bring to the role?

Boyd is a veteran at the beauty retailer, having served as Sephora’s Managing Director of Southeast Asia and Oceania for the past two years.

She currently oversees all operations in the region, with the aim to grow Sephora’s regional footprint and omnichannel success. 

Prior to this, she was Sephora’s Vice President, Head of Markets and New Ventures – Southeast Asia Pacific from 2018 to 2020.

In this role, she managed the beauty retailer’s online and offline markets in India, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia and the Philippines. 

Boyd has more than 26 years’ industry experience, having held several prominent leadership positions. 

Previous roles include CEO of retail company Dairy Farm Group and Commercial Director of French Cosmetics brand Bourjois.

She also held the title of Senior Product Manager – Cosmetics at beauty giant L’Oréal. 

What are Sephora’s plans for the UK?

Sephora re-entered the UK market this year as an online site after acquiring British beauty e-tailer Feelunique in July 2021.

It marked its UK launch with the ‘All of You’ campaign, which celebrated the 'experimental definitions' of British beauty.

It also hosted an interactive pop-up – one night for press and influencers, and a second day for consumers.

A bricks-and-mortar store in London is set to open in March 2023.

This will be followed by a slow rollout of sites across the rest of the UK.

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