Important Management changes at L’Oréal NZ

L’Oréal New Zealand has announced management changes within its professional products division. After nearly two decades at the helm of L’Oréal NZ’s Professional Products division, current general manager Gary Marshall is relinquishing the role in 2017. He is however, remaining with the business in a commercial and client relationship position.

Mike Bruce will take over as the new general manager of L’Oréal New Zealand professional products division, effective from 1 February. Mike Bruce is currently General Manager of Matrix New Zealand and Redken New Zealand and continues to be in charge of L’Oréal NZ’s American brands, Redken and Matrix. He is also joining the company’s NZ management committee.

The Professional Products French brands L’Oréal Professionnel, Kerastase, and also Pureology will come under the responsibility of Rachael Armstrong at the same time.

Commenting on his decision, Gary says it’s the result of a desire to rebalance his life and focus on his two families, his own and the industry family.

"With the support of L’Oréal New Zealand executive general manager Martin Smith and the L’Oréal Asia-Pacific senior leadership team I am moving to support the division with a commercial and client relationship focus,” he says.

"I am convinced the professional products division is in a position of strength and leadership within the industry and has an exceptionally talented team who are well equipped to build a strong future together with our industry partners.”

Gary Marshall has been in senior management roles at L’Oréal Professional Products division for 24 years having worked in the company for 31 years. In 1995 Gary moved back to his mother-land Australia, to head up Redken Australia where he significantly grew the brand’s market share and distribution, laying the foundations the for brands success today. Gary was appointed General Manager of the Professional Products division following his move back to New Zealand in 2001 and led the division to be number one in the New Zealand hairdressing market, where it retains its strong leadership position today.

Mike Bruce joined L’Oréal New Zealand in 2010 as National Business Manager with the Consumer Products division. In 2013, Mike moved to the Professional Products division and in 2014, he accepted the role of General Manager Redken. In 2016 he resumed the additional responsibility for Matrix. Mike’s enthusiasm and collaborative spirit is well known in an industry that thrives on the same passion and creativity.

Rachael Armstrong joined L’Oréal New Zealand as Product Manager for Redken in 2005. She was promoted to Group Product Manager in 2007 and became General Manager for Redken in 2008. In 2010, Rachael was appointed General Manager for Matrix and Pureology. During 2011-13 Rachael focused on her young family and in 2014 returned to the role of General Manager Matrix. In 2016 Rachael accepted the role of General Manager L’Oréal Professionnel and celebrated the 21st L’Oréal Style & Colour Trophy Awards in the same year. With more than a decade of experience under her belt, her professionalism and industry intuition is well respected within the hairdressing community.