After eight years at the top shinier founder Emile Weiss is no longer CEO of the company. She announced the news via Instagram and a blog post on the brand’s website aimed at the Glossier community. In her lengthy letter, she shares why she made the decision to step down and introduces the new chief executive officer, Kyle Leahy, who has served as the brand’s chief compliance officer since 2021.
In the blog post, Weiss writes about the responsibilities that come with being the founder and CEO of a beauty brand, emphasizing how important but different both roles are. “A founder is an eternal identity, an identity that begins with a core of an idea and never ends. I will always be the founder of Glossier,” the letter said. “But a CEO is the champion that a company looks to to guide it into the future.” Every year, she says, she’s thought about the brand and the “evolving role of the CEO.” At her check-ins, she always asked, “Am I the best person to lead the company, where we are and where we are going?” And if not, who is that?”
Ultimately, Weiss felt Leahy would be a good fit for the role because of her “big heart” and past experience with expanding audiences. “From the beginning, Kyle understood that Glossier is in the seventh year of a 100-year journey,” the letter reads. “We have long discussed the development of our corporate strategy, anchored in our shared understanding that distribution channels change, history is cyclical, but iconic brands and products endure forever.”
Although Weiss will no longer be CEO of Glossier, she is not fully stepping down from the brand. She is transitioning into her new role as Executive Chairwoman and will continue to work alongside the Leahy and Glossier boards. “This CEO development allows me to focus more on my time than I used to – on supporting our brilliant creative, brand, product and retail leaders as they take our customer experience innovation to new heights. ” She writes.
In addition to introducing the company’s new CEO, Weiss also shared that the brand’s flagship store in New York City will reopen in 2023. It looks like Glossier is entering a new era and we’ll wait and see what comes next for both Weiss and the brand.