ELC boosts communications team with appointment of former Biden staffer

Meredith Webster will fill the newly created role of EVP, Global Communications and Public Affairs

Estée Lauder Companies has announced Meredith Webster will join the company in the newly created role of Executive Vice President, Global Communications and Public Affairs, effective 17 May. She will also join the ELC Executive Leadership Team.

Prior to this appointment, Webster worked for several US presidential administrations, most recently the Biden White House, where she served as Special Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff to the Domestic Policy Council. She was also Senior Advisor to two White House Chiefs of Staff, Rahm Emanuel and Pete Rouse, during the Obama administration.

She will succeed Alexandra Trower as head of Global Communications and Maria Cristina González Noguera as head of Global Public Affairs, following the former’s decision to retire and González Noguera’s move to the role of EVP and Chief Communications and Public Affairs Officer at financial services firm Popular Inc.

In the new role, Webster will lead ELC’s global communications and public affairs strategic agendas to advance and protect its business interests and corporate reputation globally, and strengthen relationships to drive value for key stakeholders.

She will also lead strategy and delivery of holistic, integrated global communications to advance ELC’s corporate reputation.

“Our world-class Global Communications and Public Affairs teams have consistently advanced ahead of the curve against the backdrop of an increasingly complex and rapidly-changing global landscape,” said Fabrizio Freda, President and Chief Executive Officer of ELC.

“Meridith’s appointment will continue to enable and enhance our delivery of thoughtful, effective communications to our valued global stakeholders as she leads these talented teams to new heights.”

“Meridith’s deep public and private sector experience, coupled with her core values and leadership style, make her uniquely suited to step into this role now,” added William P Lauder.

“I am so proud of the incredible work of our Global Communications and Public Affairs teams and I know they will be in great hands under Meridith’s leadership as she joins our ELC family.”