A Life of Passion: Beauty Industry Executive Nicolas Krafft has Carved a Path of Leadership and Finding Balance

Nicolas Krafft discovered his profession ardour within the magnificence and cosmetics {industry}, turning into a revered govt at L’Oreal who guided international advertising and gross sales methods round some of the world’s finest recognized skilled magnificence manufacturers.
After finishing his MBA on the St. Gallen University in Switzerland, with a main in finance and accounting, Nicolas Krafft joined L’Oréal in Canada. He had the possibility to strengthen his administration and management abilities by way of govt schooling at INSEAD based mostly European Center for Executive Development. He joined Columbia University Business School in 2020 to earn a state-of the artwork understanding of the most recent developments within the digital world and how conventional enterprise fashions are being reworked. He can be a recipient of govt certification in technique and innovation from MIT Sloan School of Management.
He believes sustainability is the following main alternative for companies to innovate, to revisit their enterprise fashions, generate new aggressive benefits and to contribute to a higher world. Nicolas Krafft has acknowledged the function that the sweetness {industry} should play in decreasing its influence on local weather change. He has investigated sustainable enterprise practices from main B Corp corporations and not too long ago attended a enterprise management program from the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership.
A Career in Beauty
Not lengthy after beginning with L’Oréal in Canada, Nicolas Krafft moved to Germany, the most important magnificence market in Europe. His first function was as a product supervisor for skilled hair care and hair colour merchandise — a function the place he distinguished himself and led to him turning into advertising director of the French luxurious haircare line Kérastase.
From there, he was despatched to Paris to supervise the launch of the L’Oréal owned model Matrix in Asia. Matrix went on to turn into the primary worldwide skilled magnificence model accessible to all magnificence salons from China to Indonesia. While on this function, he helped redesign its product platform to finest meet native expectations each in phrases of efficiency and worth.
Five years later he pursued his worldwide profession in Eastern Europe first managing native operations within the Baltics and in Romania earlier than being promoted to Deputy General Manager of the zone. In this place, Nicolas Krafft was overseeing 14 nations from Central Europe to Russian and Turkey. He led advertising and gross sales for the 4 strategic manufacturers of the skilled division and reengineered progress by way of the monetary disaster which severely impacted the area.
Having turn into a trusted chief inside the firm, Nicolas Krafft was named Vice President of Global Business Development in 2014 for the Matrix and Biolage manufacturers. Upon coming into this management place, he moved to New York City and led a deep transformation of the manufacturers go-to-market technique throughout numerous geographies, cultures, distributions contexts and shopper behaviors. As the International General Manager of the newly acquired model Pulp Riot he led the roll-out of the digital native hair colour model within the UK and Western Europe.
As an govt, Nicolas Krafft was attuned to develop manufacturers with a sturdy buyer focus and understanding on find out how to make multiples stakeholders develop collectively. He has designed and reworked enterprise fashions within the magnificence {industry} at completely different ranges of the life cycle of manufacturers with a give attention to sustainable progress and innovation. His expertise ranged from launching and internationalizing new manufacturers, opening new enterprise, accelerating, and reworking present ones. He has labored on main historic manufacturers, sustainable manufacturers, and digital pure gamers manufacturers. He has additionally each managed small and midsize companies with a sturdy hands-on, entrepreneurial method in addition to international tasks requiring a stable understanding of how complicated organizations work.
By studying early on that by shifting customer-brand relationships, which had grown extra customized within the digital period, Nicolas Krafft noticed the chance to interact prospects by scale by way of social media and the facility of information.
Customers anticipate digital integration, Nicolas Krafft has stated, and corporations that need to guarantee their future success must continually work to extend and enhance their digital presence, merging the in-person and on-line expertise.
Thought Leadership
As an govt at L’Oréal, Nicolas Krafft has piloted subsidiaries and cross-cultural groups throughout all continents from Eastern Europe to Asia. He has embraced the richness of working with numerous groups, at all times curious to find new facets of completely different cultures, the influence of social relationships, ethnicity and local weather on magnificence merchandise and routine in addition to other ways of working. Krafft notes that subsequent to meals, magnificence is one of the primary markers of a tradition.
His worldwide profession has taught him the facility of collective intelligence and the necessity to discover the correct stability between international technique and native relevance. He acknowledged completely different nations could have other ways to handle a enterprise problem and counting on this collective data, he proved to be very profitable. He has at all times been acknowledged by his crew as a beneficiant chief at all times eager to share know-how and upskill skills.
Throughout his profession he has cherished working in “challenger conditions”, both as a result of of tough market circumstances, untapped alternatives, or model difficulties.  This strikes leaders to suppose in a different way, to search for issues others didn’t take note of and to innovate, he stated. There isn’t any room for copying others however just for sturdy differentiation. He thinks this additionally requires a clear and partaking definition of the model mission and targets, a sharp prioritization of means and extremely dedicated groups.
The subsequent frontier: sustainability
As an govt at L’Oréal, Nicolas Krafft is a thought chief who understood the generational shifts taking place within the magnificence {industry} and find out how to use them to drive success, and a champion of the rising motion to convey sustainable focus and accountability to the design, manufacturing, packaging, and distribution of haircare and skincare merchandise.
In addition to embracing the digital shift taking place throughout the {industry} and utilizing it to tell his advertising method, Nicolas Krafft is satisfied in regards to the want for corporations to embrace sustainability.
He acknowledges that the {industry} has a giant environmental footprint and that sustainable practices are the longer term and will drive the {industry}’s profitability. Drawing from his expertise with the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, Nicolas Krafft has explored the huge developments taking place inside the {industry} to curb carbon emissions, cut back packaging waste and water use, and to interact each manufacturers and salons in sustainability efforts.
He has examined the methods during which magnificence manufacturers might proceed their sustainability push additional. Noting that the pandemic had created a completely new house and work actuality — one which concerned social distancing and distant work — he known as on corporations to make use of the second as a chance to revisit and replace their practices. He has talked about how sustainability, included into each facet of a firm’s enterprise, may also help a firm stand up to unexpected circumstances just like the pandemic.
Reaching New Heights
Nicolas Krafft’s give attention to athletics to beat challenges and discover fulfilment mirrors his personal ardour for mountaineering. He started climbing in 2001 and shortly developed a lifelong curiosity within the sport. He credit mountaineering with making him a higher businessman because it has taught him about managing danger and constructing a crew you may belief. But additionally it is in regards to the private journey — a journey that’s simply as vital, he has argued, as a skilled one. Nicolas Krafft has seemed for stability in his life, and is aware of that with out a wholesome quantity of time spent dwelling and having fun with life, he wouldn’t have been in a position to attain the skilled heights he has.
Nicolas Krafft is supporting the Adaptive Sports Foundation, based mostly in Windham, New York, which supplies snowboarding and snowboarding instruction to youngsters and adults with particular wants and disabilities. His donation supported the acquisition of snowboarding and snowboarding tools and clothes for the people they serve, some of whom have gone on to compete within the U.S. Paralympic Team.

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