An announcement made this week confirms that Dominic Pratt, Former Vice President R&D, Skin Care Products Research, will succeed Cory Couts in the role as Global President, Kao Salon.

Heading up the Goldwell, KMS, Oribe and VARIS brands worldwide, the appointment will become effective on September 1, 2021 and he will be based in Darmstadt, Germany. Couts will leave the company to return to his home country of the United States.

Pratt has a long history in Kao Salon Division, having lead the division’s innovative R&D efforts and as a member of the Executive Salon Lead Team for many years.

Cory Couts, former Global President, Kao Salon Division
Cory Couts, former Global President, Kao Salon Division
Dominic Pratt, New Global President Kao Salon
Dominic Pratt, New Global President Kao Salon

After 9 years as Global President, Couts says, “I would like to thank Kao´s leadership team for the trust and support they have given me during my time as president of our Salon Business. I am especially grateful for the opportunity to work with the people of Kao Salon Division, who are among the most passionate and skilled people in our industry. Dominic’s commitment to the salon industry, in-depth knowledge of the needs of stylists and business acumen will serve him well in his new role. He is a trusted leader in our organization and comes to this challenge with a large reserve of goodwill and respect.”

“I look forward to continuing to create value and opportunity for our team and our customers with this new challenge,” says Pratt. “Kao Salon Division and our brands enjoy an enormous amount of trust in the industry and I am committed to building on that trust as core to my mission. I feel privileged to be able to work with such valued customers, dedicated and talented team and renowned brands.”

“We would like to thank Cory for his outstanding contribution to our global Salon Business. During his tenure, Cory has transformed the Salon business by creating clear strategies, strengthening our brands and refining our organization, always focusing on salons first and foremost. With his in-depth understanding of the salon industry, we are convinced that Dominic Pratt is the ideal person to further build the future of Kao´s global salon business,” says Satoru Tanaka, President Consumer Products, AEMEA.