Karen Young

CEO of The Young Group

Karen Young launched The Young Group in early 1999. It has grown into a highly successful business. In 2005, The Young Group opened an office in Paris.

As a global marketing company, we provide consumer trend driven product concepts to many large beauty companies as well as help start ups enter the market.

We offer brand and marketing strategy, sensorial product training, consumer trend tracking, product development and market analyses in all categories of beauty. We work with you to create fresh, new ideas and new approaches for your brand.

Before opening The Young Group in 1999, Karen was vice president of marketing & advertising for Lancôme, the prestige division of L’Oréal. In that capacity she also handled product development and sales promotion. Before joining Lancôme, she spent seventeen years at Estée Lauder, where she held a variety of executive positions, including director of color cosmetics.

Karen is an active board member of Fashion Group International. She is a certified personal trainer and nutritionist. Karen divides her time between New York and Paris, where The Young Group also has an office. She is an adjunct professor of Product Development in FIT’s Cosmetic Masters Program.

Since opening The Young Group, Karen has developed extensive color cosmetics and skin care lines. She has worked on numerous established brands in the beauty category including Christian Dior Parfums, Shiseido Skin Care & Cosmetics, Bath & Body Works, Dove, Neutrogena and 3M Products.