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Published: Tuesday, 4/10/2012

Former J&J executive named to lead Avon

BLADE NEWS SERVICES

NEW YORK — Struggling cosmetics seller Avon Products Inc. tapped longtime Johnson & Johnson executive Sherilyn S. McCoy as its new chief executive Monday.

The announcement ended a four-month search to replace Andrea Jung, who had come under fire for failing to stem the company's declines and wrap up a bribery investigation.

Avon said Ms. Jung — the first female CEO of the 126-year-old company — will remain executive chairman after Ms. McCoy takes over this month. Shares of the New York-based company fell more than 3 percent Monday.

Ms. McCoy's emergence at Avon comes less than two months after she was passed over for the top spot at Johnson & Johnson, which in February announced that Alex Gorsky would take over as chief executive.



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