Nicolas Hieronimus is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of World's largest Cosmetics company, L’Oréal as well as a member of the Board of Directors. He was appointed as the CEO of L'Oreal in 2021 and he succeeded Jean-Paul Agon.
Hieronimus joined L'Oréal in 1987 as a product manager on the Garnier brand and has spent his entire career at the maker of Garnier shampoo and Lancome creams. At Garnier Laboratories in the 1990s, he created, developed and launched the Fructis haircare and Movida hair color ranges.
In 1998, he advanced the Garnier and Maybelline businesses in the United Kingdom and introduced the Fructis franchise and the Maybelline brand onto the British market. In the same year, Hieronimus became General Manager of the Garnier Maybelline Division in the UK.
In 2000 he was given the charge of General Manager, L'Oréal Paris France, and then International General Manager for L'Oréal Paris. The Frenchman has worked his way up through various divisions, including professional products and luxury units.
Hieronimus is credited for creating the International Brand Management of L'Oréal Paris and thus his subsequent success and growth in the company is the result of his hard work. In 2005, he became General Manager of L'Oréal Mexico and later in 2008, he became the General Manager of the L’Oréal Professional Products Division. He was also responsible for the launch of Inoa hair color line.
From 2011 to 2018, he remained President L’Oréal Luxe. Additionally within the same period, he took up the charge as President Selective Divisions (Luxury, Active Cosmetics, Professional Products,) on 1 July 2013 and he was named Deputy CEO in charge of Divisions on May 1, 2017.
Subsequently on May 1, 2021, Nicolas Hieronimus took up the charge of the CEO of L’Oréal.
In 2016, Hieronimus received the honour of Knight of the Legion of Honour.
According to the L'Oreal group, in a span of his over 30 year career he developed the skincare business, with the creation of Dermo Expertise, Solar Expertise and Men Expert.
Nicolas Hieronimus was born on 3 January 1964, in Paris, his father was a television producer and his mother an engineer in the aerospace sector. Hieronimus did his graduation from one of France's top Business Schools, ESSEC, in 1985.