Key Appointment and New Hire Strengthen Fantastic Sams and Dessange Group North America

BOSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Board of Directors of Dessange Group North America (DGNA), the
parent company of Fantastic Sams, Dessange and Camille Albane, is
pleased to announce the appointment of Kathie S. Lee as Chief Executive
Officer of DGNA effective January 2019. Ms. Lee is a Director on the
DGNA Board and has provided leadership and direction for DGNA during
2018 as Interim CEO.

“We have confidence that Kathie Lee will continue to provide strong
leadership and ensure execution of key business initiatives going
forward,” said Emmanuel Gasnot, Chairman of the Executive Board of
Dessange International. “Under Kathie’s continued stewardship, we look
forward to a great 2019 and beyond.”

During her career Ms. Lee has managed the global business, development,
legal and compliance functions for various public and private U.S. and
international companies, where she was a member of executive committees
and boards of directors and held roles as Executive Vice President of
Business Development, Global Chief Administrative Officer, Interim Chief
Executive Officer and Chief Legal Officer. She has led diverse teams
including operations, business development, real estate, legal, finance,
human resources, risk management, regulatory, marketing and public
relations. Ms. Lee has also led corporate social responsibility
functions for several companies and is a member of various foundation
boards championing women’s causes and diversity.

Ms. Lee will implement the company’s vision to be the premier
value-oriented, full-service hair salon expert, balancing technical
expertise with fantastic and personalized guest experience. “The three
pillars of education, marketing and business operations provide the
foundation and strategy for implementing and executing our vision. We
will focus on teamwork, collaboration and excellence in execution to
enhance and support the Fantastic Sams, Dessange and Camille Albane
franchise networks,” said Ms. Lee.

The three salon franchises – Fantastic Sams, a value-oriented, family
brand throughout North America; Camille Albane, an urban, upscale French
hair salon in Europe; and Dessange, the franchise leader in luxury hair
salons and spas worldwide – enjoy a strategic position in the salon
franchise industry.

The Board of Directors of DGNA is also pleased to announce the
appointment of Scott Brown as Chief Operating Officer, effective April
15, 2019.

The Board identified a need for strong operational expertise to
complement the existing leadership to create a synergistic core team.
Mr. Brown provides experience and knowledge and a diverse background in
franchising including the restaurant trade, as well as being a
franchisee for the past 11 years in the Fantastic Sams system. Mr. Brown
has demonstrated his abilities to manage and operate six highly
successful Fantastic Sams salons in Florida with several of these salons
achieving top revenue status within the network.

“We look forward to Scott Brown developing mutually profitable
relationships with franchisees, regional owners and vendors/suppliers,”
said Kathie Lee, CEO of DGNA. “Operational efficiencies at the salon
unit level, salon profitability and technology within the Fantastic Sams
network are priorities for him, as well.”

“It is a critical juncture in Fantastic Sams’ trajectory, and we plan to
focus on the three key metrics of education, marketing and business
operations to help DGNA deliver on that vision,” said Mr. Brown.


Robin Yanucci

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