Congratulations are in order for Cory Couts, the current President and General Manager of Kao USA, Inc., parent company of the Goldwell and KMS California brands! Anthony Pucciarelli, the current Global President of Kao Group, Salon, has announced that Couts will succeed him as the new Global President, effective June 1, 2012, leading the Goldwell and KMS California brands worldwide. Couts will be headquartered in Darmstadt, Germany.
After five and a half years at Kao Salon Global Headquarters in Darmstadt, Germany, Pucciarelli announced his intention to return to his native Australia in order to be closer to his family. “Cory’s outstanding performance in the last year as the leader of our USA business, the largest in the world, has made him the obvious choice of Kao Corporation to lead the brands globally,” says Pucciarelli. His understanding of salons and stylists is unmatched and this knowledge has had a direct effect on our results.”
Couts says, “This will be an amazing adventure. To have the opportunity to grow the businesses of our salon customers globally is a challenge and an honor. And, as a company, that is exactly what we are committed to doing.” He will continue as President and General Manager of Kao USA Inc., Salon US, until his successor is announced. This will mark the first time that both brands will have been led globally by an American executive.