With thanks to Miriam Heale, Allen & York www.allen-york.com


Nancy Mahon has been appointed senior vice-president, global corporate citizenship and sustainability at Estée Lauder Companies (ELC). She also serves as chair of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/Aids in the US.

Mahon started working for herself when she was 12, selling leather bracelets, belts and coasters at a local flea market. “From that moment forward, I have always enjoyed entrepreneurial jobs where I can make a difference I can measure,” she says.

When Mahon was 14, a girl from the Fresh Air Fund (which sends inner city children to stay with hosts in the countryside) lived with Mahon’s family. “I realised how many opportunities I had relative to others with less resources,” she says. “I decided that making money was great, but I would rather commit to making a bigger difference. It was also when I stopped saying things were ‘not fair’.”

Mahon joined ELC in 2006 as vice-president, MAC Cosmetics and executive director of MAC Aids Fund, and was able to build a “global, impactful grant-making programme” as the company grew. In 2011, she began supporting cause programmes for Bobbi Brown, Jo Malone London and La Mer. “In some profound ways, I have been trying to answer and address the...

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