February 26, 2016 / 1:22 PM / 3 years ago

Cosmetics maker Revlon's sales recover; CEO to step down

(Reuters) - Cosmetics maker Revlon Inc (REV.N) Chief Executive Lorenzo Delpani is stepping down for personal reasons, more than a month after its controlling shareholder and Chairman Ron Perelman announced plans to seek strategic options for the company.

File photo of a Public Safety officer keeping watch as people stand in front of a billboard owned by Revlon that takes their pictures and displays them in Times Square in the Manhattan borough of New York October 13, 2015. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

The maker of StreetWear cosmetics and Charlie perfumes also reported a sales rise after three quarters of decline, sending its shares up as much as 8 percent in late morning trading on Friday.

Delpani, who has led the company for more than two years, said on a conference call that his decision had “nothing to do” with Perelman’s announcement.

Perelman, who holds a 77.6 percent stake in Revlon, is yet to detail specific plans for the company.

Revlon, once a top name in the world of beauty products and endorsed by supermodel Cindy Crawford for more than a decade, has struggled in the past couple of years as consumers shun mass-appeal brands in search of exclusive products.

Deep-pocketed rivals such as Estee Lauder Cos Inc (EL.N) and L’Oreal SA (OREP.PA) have been able to better keep up with changing consumer tastes, eating into Revlon’s market share.

Delpani will step down as CEO on March 1, but remain on the company’s board and he will also serve as an adviser, Revlon said.

The company appointed Executive Vice President Gianni Pieraccioni its new chief operating officer.

Revlon’s sales rose 4.2 percent to $521.9 million in the fourth quarter ended Dec. 31, helped by demand for its Revlon and SinfulColors cosmetics in the United States.

The company’s shares were up 7.2 percent at $33.41. Up to Thursday’s close, the stock had risen by a third since Nov. 1, 2013, when Delpani took over as CEO.

Reporting by Yashaswini Swamynathan in Bengaluru; Editing by Savio D'Souza and Kirti Pandey

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