Stila’s new independent manager brings in Michelle Kluz as CEO

Published: 10-Aug-2022

Kluz’s appointment was made by Kevin J Carey, who has been onboarded to help guide the company

Stila Cosmetics has hired Kevin J Carey as an independent manager to help guide the company’s leadership strategy.

Senior Counsel in Hogan Lovells' Corporate and Finance practice group, Carey will serve as manager of Stila Styles LLC.

Carey’s first move has been to name Michelle Kluz CEO of Stila.

An entrepreneur and independent advisor, Kluz’s résumé includes stints as interim CEO of Retail at cannabis operator Ascend Wellness Holdings and interim CEO of Tough Mudder Bootcamps.

She was previously CEO of barre brand Pure Barre and CEO of Sydney, Australia-based consumer goods conglomerate BBRC.

She is also the founder of Urban Savage, a luxury activewear brand, which launched in 2017.

“Michelle brings to Stila a track record that includes leading an established $1bn global retailer, building and scaling a business from the ground up, and reinvigorating an iconic fitness brand,” said Carey.

“Michelle has effectively repositioned a company by building a multi-unit franchise model, driving the annual budget process, establishing operational excellence and ultimately delivering a successful majority sale.

“Michelle has all the savvy and requisite skills to take Stila to a very bright future.”

“Stila's innovative yet approachable products and commitment to authenticity matches my passion for consumer-centric brands,” added Kluz.

“I am incredibly excited and energised to work with the exceptional employees at Stila, as well as the company's business partners, to ensure we continue to inspire and deliver sophisticated and accessible products to our loyal customer base, expanding our reach, including through key retailer partnerships.”

“With Kevin's impeccable credentials and sterling reputation, I know he will help guide me and Stila leadership to set a course that will be in the best interest of its highly valued employees, business partners and customers.”

The colour cosmetics brand launched in 1994 and is available in more than 20 global markets.

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