30 May 2023

Kao Salon Division announces New President: Dominic Pratt to succeed Cory Couts

Kao Salon Division announced that Dominic Pratt, formerly Vice President R&D, Skin Care Products Research, will succeed Cory Couts, Global President, Kao Salon Division in his role leading the Goldwell, KMS, Oribe and VARIS brands worldwide effective September 1, 2021.

After nine years as Global President, based in Darmstadt, Germany, Couts will leave the company to return to his home country of the United States. Pratt has a long history in the Kao Salon Division, having led the division’s innovative R&D efforts, and as a member of the Executive Salon Lead Team for many years.

Couts says, “I would like to thank Kao’s leadership team for the trust and support they have given me during my time as president of our Salon Business. I am especially grateful for the opportunity to work with the people of Kao Salon Division, who are among the most passionate and skilled people in our industry. Dominic’s commitment to the salon industry, in-depth knowledge of the needs of stylists and business acumen will serve him well in his new role. He is a trusted leader in our organization and comes to this challenge with a large reserve of goodwill and respect.

I look forward to continuing to create value and opportunity for our team and our customers with this new challenge,” says Pratt.Kao Salon Division and our brands enjoy an enormous amount of trust in the industry and I am committed to building on that trust as core to my mission. I feel privileged to be able to work with such valued customers, a dedicated and talented team and renowned brands.

We would like to thank Cory for his outstanding contribution to our global Salon Business. During his tenure, Cory has transformed the Salon Business by creating clear strategies, strengthening our brands and refining our organization, always focusing on salons first and foremost. With his in-depth understanding of the salon industry, we are convinced that Dominic Pratt is the ideal person to further build the future of Kao´s global salon business,” says Satoru Tanaka, President Consumer Products, AEMEA.

Dominic Pratt will be located in the Kao Salon Division Global Headquarters in Darmstadt, Germany.

Kao Salon Division is part of the Skin Care and Hair Care Business of Kao Corporation, offering professional products and services to stylists around the globe. It is a thought and trend leader in the hair care industry as well as home to the Goldwell, KMS, Oribe and Varis brands. The mission of Kao Salon Division is to make life beautiful for salons, stylists and their clients through partnership, commitment to sustainable practices, salon business growth and a portfolio of advanced services, innovative products, and inspiring education. Kao Corporation creates high-value-added products that enrich the lives of consumers around the world.

Please visit the Kao Salon Division website for further information: www.kaosalondivision.com


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