Case | HBS Case Collection | May 2009

Who is the Fairest of Them All? Choosing a Leader at Deronde International

by Nitin Nohria and Martha Spaulding

Abstract

Alain Deronde, the CEO of a French personal care company, has to choose a successor to head global product development from a diverse set of candidates with different backgrounds, strengths, and weaknesses. The candidates include Elise Bernier, Vice President of Marketing for Skin Care Products; Antoine Lambert, General Manager of Coeur Tendre (an ex-entrepreneur whose company Deronde had bought); Yang Jianguo, Country Manager of Deronde International's Chinese subsidiary; and Yves Saurac, Vice President of Product Development for Developed Markets.

Keywords: Talent and Talent Management; Management Succession; Diversity Characteristics; Management Teams; Product Development; Beauty and Cosmetics Industry; France;

Citation:

Nohria, Nitin, and Martha Spaulding. "Who is the Fairest of Them All? Choosing a Leader at Deronde International." Harvard Business School Case 409-113, May 2009.