Colgate-Palmolive Company Announces Stephan Habif Chief Technology Officer


Colgate-Palmolive Company has named Stephan Habif Chief Technology Officer, responsible for the Company’s global Research & Development organization, effective September 1, 2022. He will lead the team of scientists and engineers creating the innovative products and packaging that are supporting growth of Colgate’s oral care, pet nutrition, skin health and other businesses.

Mr. Habif, previously Senior Vice President, Research & Innovation for L’Oreal, succeeds Patricia Verduin, who has announced her plans to retire at the end of the year after 15 years of distinguished service to Colgate.

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Mr. Habif has more than 25 years leading Research and Development teams in the beauty and consumer goods industry. At L’Oreal, he was responsible for new product development for all divisions and categories in the Americas. He previously worked for Unilever, including varied R&D roles in Europe, North America and Latin America supporting Skin Care, Skin Cleansing, Hair Care, Deodorants, Household Care and other categories.

“Our world-class science and formulation capabilities are driving an exciting new-product pipeline for Colgate. Stephan will build on the team’s strong commitment to innovation, efficacy, and sustainability, feeding our growth by advancing our purpose – to reimagine a healthier future for all people, their pets and our planet,” said Noel Wallace, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer.

Mr. Wallace added, “We are grateful for Pat’s many contributions to Colgate. She has helped us make significant progress from the center to strengthen each product category and division. From tightening R&D ties with our commercial groups, to ensuring a coordinated enterprise-wide focus on clinicals and partnerships, to learnings on ingredients and sustainable packaging, Pat’s leadership has made us stronger and even better positioned to deliver even more today and far into the future for our customers and consumers.”

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