But it was also the first time her daughter was going off to sleep-away camp. She believed that the company was not ready to expand beyond its traditional direct-selling approach. There are still fewer women than men in every echelon of business, but it's changing. In Russia and other parts of eastern Europe, sales spiked 40 percent. Jung announced a trial run of 50 kiosks based in shopping malls and, in a particularly brash move, a deal to create a separate line of products for sale at a major mass retailer such as Wal-Mart. Born: 1959, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Avon is the second largest after Hewlett-Packard firm in the U. Yet Avon reps routinely waited in long lines for photo ops with Jung. We understand women and women's causes, and we went out on a grass roots effort to teach women and communicate winning in sports as part of self-esteem. So we hope we will create some confidence in them. Since Jung joined Avon, she has revamped the company, updating the product line, launching new advertising, and creating a new image. Magnin, she asked Jung to come with her.
Today, Avon has nearly 5 million women ringing doorbells in over 100 countries, including in booming markets like China, India and Russia. In addition to focusing on Avon products themselves, Jung came up with better ways to pitch them. Jung's efforts were recognized by the Clinton Global Initiative, which in 2010 honored her with the Clinton Global Citizen Award for her visionary leadership in solving pressing global challenges. She has been lauded globally for her pursuit of public-private partnerships to end violence against women and to stem the breast cancer epidemic. Once a peer group of five lendees is formed, they go through a financial training program and each open savings accounts. There was also a three-year probe into an alleged bribery of foreign officials has already caused the dismissal of four Avon executives. Archived from on 22 February 2014.
And he said Avon is a company that is mostly about women. Professor Yunus believed that for the world to acknowledge the power of microfinance, it must work in the capital of international finance, New York City, where there exists a huge population of people who do not have access to banks and mainstream financial institutions. Being first holds responsibilities, Jung emphasized. Additional criticism followed Avon's decision to sell online while prohibiting sales reps from setting up their own sites. And it's changing for the positive. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Apple Inc.
Taking a cue from the Avon competitor Mary Kay, Jung launched Beauty Advisor, a program that turned Avon reps into beauty consultants who help customers choose the clothing and makeup that work best for them. I am one of a few now, but I hope the list will get even longer in the future and you will all stand on our shoulders. But even Jung would not shy away from the positive publicity her charitable commitments brought to her company. Beauty Queen: Inside the Reign of Avon's Andrea Jung. In 2009, Forbes ranked her the 25th most powerful woman. They didn't understand just what I was doing by going into retailing. The brand at that time was perceived as sort of your grandmother's brand, a little bit of ding dong-- Avon calling.
She already spoke fluent Mandarin and as a teenager took classes in Cantonese and French. An Avon spa joined Fifth Avenue in New York City. At the time, the company was exploring the possibility of moving into retail. Before that, she was senior vice president, general merchandising manager, for I. Andrea graduated cum laude from Princeton in 1979 with a degree in English literature. Andrea Jung finishes an Avon fitness run just behind Health and Human Servivces Secretary Donna Shalala.
During her tenure at Avon, she was responsible for developing and expanding economic earnings opportunities for over six million women in more than 100 countries. Ever since the first Avon representative, armed with makeup samples and catalogs, knocked on her neighbor's doors, direct salespeople had been the backbone of the company. Jung joined Avon Products, Inc. Though a college career fair Andrea Jung found a job as a Bloomingdales management trainee. And then a wingtip man's shoe. How she is perceived by both groups and the confidence each has in her will impact her ability to lead now and to be a trusted advisor once her successor is in place.
Her job was to reverse a decade of slumping sales and to change the way women thought of Avon and its products. When the mentor left to take the top job at I. Jung set out to capitalize on those kinds of successes by pushing related skin-care items. Within several years, she was promoted to senior vice president. When she was two, her family moved to Wellesley, Massachusetts, where Jung grew up with her younger brother, Mark. The company's stock had dropped 45 percent in 2011. You know, dual income families raising young kids, I mean, it's just an issue everywhere.
Jung began to develop a keen sense of the importance her image could play. In a true nexus of her own values and corporate citizenship, Jung personally led Avon's philanthropic efforts in the area of breast cancer. Jung failed to deal effectively with failures of computer systems in Brazil, inadequate inventory and supply-chain management, poor management of working capital, and a staggering. The daughter of two hard-working Chinese-American immigrants, Jung credits her parents with furthering not just her humility, but the discipline and resolve that helped her excel throughout her life. Magnin, in San Francisco, becoming senior vice president and general merchandise manager, and then Neiman Marcus, in Dallas, as executive vice president.
Archived from on 11 October 2011. I want the dark brown color, not the light brown color! She quickly turned around the struggling hundred-year-old plus organization. Andrea Jung never replaced Kropf; Avon was left without a chief operating officer. But after two years, Jung became bored, saying she felt there was little creativity in marketing the company's products to its mostly upscale, high-income customers. She was elected class secretary and later student body president.