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Philippe Pinatel Joins Merit Beauty as CEO

The industry veteran will succeed Merit’s founder Katherine Power.
Philippe Pinatel
Philippe Pinatel joins Merit from MAC Cosmetics, where he served as global president since 2020 (Merit)

The company announced Tuesday that the industry veteran will succeed Merit’s founder Katherine Power.

Pinatel joins Merit from Mac Cosmetics, where he served as global president since 2020. He previously held positions at Sephora and Guerlain.

Merit launched in 2021 and specialises in minimalist beauty routines, which Power dubbed the “5 Minute Morning.” The brand became a viral hit on TikTok during the height of the “quiet luxury” trend last year with its Minimalist Complexion Stick, Flush Balm blush and Solo Shadow eyeshadow topping the brand’s best-seller list. The label counts Sephora as a retail partner but its direct-to-consumer business is booming, with nearly half of all orders placed on the brand’s website. L Catterton took a stake in the business in 2021. The label reached over $100 million in sales in 2023.

Power will retain her role as the brand’s chairperson.

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