Arnaud de Fontgalland is the beauty and cosmetic practice leader for Actavia, focused on strategic brand positioning, product and communication development and route to market, including physical and online retail.

Arnaud has 21-year experience in the beauty industry with L’Oréal and Unilever, as Global head of brands or leading Business Units. His expertise is in beauty and personal care products. His work includes support in strategic brand positioning, product development in collaboration with formulation and packaging experts, communication - development and digital broadcasting - and route to market analysis and implementation.

Arnaud started his career with L’Oréal and held several roles in Product Development on skincare, hair and make-up.

He became Marketing Director for Maybelline New York Asia in 2002 and led the brand to become market leader in Asia; then moved to China to take over Yue-Sai, a high-end Chinese brand of skincare and make up acquired by L’Oréal in 2004.

He then launched Garnier skincare in several Asian countries gaining market shares fast through the development of mixes specifically adapted to the Asian markets

In 2010 he became General Manager for L’Oréal Consumer goods division in the Philippines

In 2013 he moved back to Shanghai as Vice President for Unilever haircare business, North Asia

From 2014 to 2017 he was Global Vice-President for Pond’s, a global leader in skincare which he turned around to high single digit growth after decades of decline.

Arnaud has also worked as a harpsichordist and musicologist for several years. In 2018 he founded Sing’Baroque, an Academy that promotes the listening and practice of music in Singapore. Arnaud also is a passionate sailor

Areas of Expertise:

Beauty (make-up, skincare and haircare)
Mass and Prestige
Strategic brand positioning
Product and communication development
Route to market (physical and online retail)


HEC Paris
PhD in Musicology at Sorbonne University (Paris)