Jean-Philippe Wincker, the co-founder of the CSP group, a French specialist in the distribution of professional hair and beauty products which owns the Bleu Libellule brand, has unexpectedly died at the age of 57.

Alongside his wife Caroline Wincker, Jean-Philippe Wincker founded the CSP group in 1997. In 2016, it came under the ownership of Provalliance (Saint-Algue, Franck Provost, etc.), its majority shareholder. Then, just last December, they both left their operational positions within the group for personal reasons, while remaining shareholders.

Jean-Philippe Wincker was an entrepreneur of immense talent, a true visionary who was able to successfully develop his business by becoming the essential player for hairdressers and beauty institutes,” declares a spokesperson for the Provalliance group in a press release published this Tuesday, January 23.

CSP, which has 1,200 employees, relies on a network of 250 Bleu Libellule stores in France, Italy and Luxembourg, as well as 29 Nyx Professional Makeup boutiques. A set which weighed 170.3 million euros in 2022. On January 1, the CEO of Provalliance, Marc Aublet, became president of the CSP group. Formerly Maisons du Monde, Yohann Catherine was also appointed general manager of Bleu Libellule last September.