Who's Who of Top Executives

Sanford M. Browne

Title: President of Research and Innovation of North America
Company: L’Oreal Groupe
Location: North York, Ontario, Canada

Sanford M. Browne, president of research and innovation of North America at L’Oreal Groupe, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in research and innovation.

With over three decades of experience in research and innovation, Mr. Browne has established himself as a visionary leader in the cosmetics industry. Currently serving as the president of research and innovation of North America at L’Oreal since 2021, he oversees the company’s largest research center, comprising 600 scientists and engineers. His responsibilities include driving fundamental upstream research on new molecules and techniques, from makeup to hair and skin care formulations. Prior to his current role, he held several key positions at L’Oreal, including senior vice president of research and innovation of Asia-Pacific from 2018 to 2021 and vice president of research and innovation from 2013 to 2018. Before joining L’Oreal, he served as director of Better Faster Innovation at Unilever and held various research and development leadership roles in North America and Asia-Pacific.

Mr. Browne’s journey into the consumer goods industry began during his time at the University of Waterloo, where he participated in a co-op program that introduced him to the science and technology behind consumer products. Throughout his career, he has been instrumental in driving innovative market advancements and fostering the development of individuals within the organizations he has served. He attributes his success to his willingness to take risks, embrace discomfort, and surround himself with brilliant minds.

Looking ahead, Mr. Browne aims to acquire positions on boards aligned with his interests and expertise, while ensuring that L’Oreal’s Research and Innovation division in North America continues to advance. Advising aspiring professionals, he highlights the growing emphasis on green science and sustainable raw materials, as well as the transformative potential of artificial intelligence and genetic AI in product development and consumer services. Additionally, he emphasizes the importance of staying curious, learning continuously, and being adaptable to seize new opportunities.

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