The Loring Group Fills Top Finance Post for Kendo Brands

November 3, 2020 – San Francisco, CA-headquartered executive search firm The Loring Group recruited Frederic Lartiguevieille as senior vice president of finance at Kendo Brands. Partner Rich Kampmann led the assignment. “We learned many valuable lessons during this search that was impacted by COVID-19 that will benefit Kendo Brands and others we work with going forward during the pandemic,” Mr. Kampmann said.

Based in San Francisco, Mr. Lartiguevieille will report directly to Kendo’s CFO Walter Fischer and oversee a growing 20-plus employees’ team, based in San Francisco, Burbank, and Paris. “Frederic will provide financial leadership to support Kendo’s dynamic growth and fiscal discipline and rigor that will continue to drive the company’s profitability and success,” said Mr. Kampmann.

Prior to joining Kendo, Mr. Lartiguevieille was with Revlon for nine years, most recently as the vice president of finance for the Elizabeth Arden brand managing a team of 200 people worldwide. Prior to that, he was with Unilever/Sun Products for 11 years where he progressed through various finance roles culminating as a senior finance director of FP&A. Mr. Lartiguevieille has an MBA from New York University and a bachelor of engineering degree from Ecole Centrale de Lyon in France.

Kendo Holdings is a San Francisco-based beauty brand developer and wholesaler owned by LVMH Moët Hennessy – Louis Vuitton, the world’s largest luxury group. Kendo has become the hub of creativity and next-generation beauty product development for global Sephora channels and selective retailers outside Sephora.

The Loring Group focuses on industries sectors such as technology, consumer products, life sciences, financial services, construction and non-profit. The firm has recently completed searches in functional disciplines that include finance, engineering, sales, marketing, human resources and information technology.

“Some of the reasons why clients choose us for these critical assignments are – our partners were leaders in business before becoming recruiters, and have operating expertise in their industries,” said Steve Caliger, managing partner. We have our own in-house, dedicated research team like larger firms, but our senior partners do the work on search assignments vs. handing them off to others.  These advantages allow us to source better candidates and close out searches faster than our competitors.”

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Steve Caliger opened The Loring Group earlier this year with partners that included Rich Kampmann. “The reason we started The Loring Group was to deliver higher quality work,” Mr. Caliger said. “Our partners were leaders for technology, banking, healthcare and professional services companies before becoming recruiters. We have deep domain expertise in these industries as well as business acumen most executive search consultants lack.”

Mr. Caliger has had a distinguished career as a sales leader and executive search consultant in the technology industry. He is a technology professional who has held leadership positions with several industry icons. With more than 20 years of executive search and consulting experience, Mr. Caliger develops senior leadership teams for sales, finance, product, engineering and information technology. In addition, he has done work for consumer products, financial services and non-profit organizations.

Mr. Kampmann has more than 16 years of executive search and leadership consulting expertise. In addition, he has 14 years of leadership experience in the banking and wealth management industries. Mr. Kampmann has performed hundreds of searches for companies around the world at executive and senior management levels. He has supported commercial banks, wealth and asset managers, for both publicly and privately held concerns. He has also done work for industrial and consumer products companies. Prior to The Loring Group, Mr. Kampmann worked for global executive firms such as Stanton Chase, was an equity partner with Boyden and started his executive search career as a principal with Korn Ferry.

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor  – Hunt Scanlon Media

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