Group Vice President and Chief Communications Officer
Chris Wermann is Avon’s Group Vice President and Chief Communications Officer. In this role, he is responsible for Corporate and Internal Communications, Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability, and operational oversight of the Avon Foundation for Women.
Mr. Wermann has deep experience in corporate affairs and communications across a range of industries and international markets. He has led the development of integrated internal and external communications strategies for several blue chip companies facing rapidly evolving situations, demanding stakeholder sentiment, and pivotal periods of transformation.
Mr. Wermann joined Avon in January 2017 from Home Retail Group PLC, the UK’s leading general merchandise digital retailer, where he served as Group Director of Corporate Affairs. As a member of the senior leadership team, Mr. Wermann directed and led communications across the Group and Operating Companies helping to develop and execute the communications strategy to transform the business from a catalogue to a digital business. He also co-chaired a government sponsored board to drive digital engagement in high streets around the UK.
Previously, Mr. Wermann was European Director of Corporate Affairs for Kellogg, where he was responsible for developing and leading the corporate affairs strategy for Europe. In that role, he completely realigned the European CSR programs to fit business and stakeholder needs. Mr. Wermann helped to lead Kellogg's global response to the World Health Organization's challenge on obesity and health, including being the first to launch a new nutrition labelling system, new children's marketing guidelines, and food innovation commitments. Before joining Kellogg, Mr. Wermann served as Director of Corporate Affairs for Avis Europe PLC, and as Deputy Director, Group Communications, for the Royal Bank of Scotland Group PLC.
Mr. Wermann holds a BA with Honors from Bath Spa University.