One on one with...Shiseido's Jean-Philippe Charrier

This week, we speak to Shiseido Asia-Pacific President Jean-Philippe Charrier about his life and career so far.

For more Asia-Pacific CEOs and business leaders discussing their HR challenges, head to HRM Asia's dedicated Leaders Talk HR forum.

Read all about Shiseido's people strategies in the first part of our interview with Jean-Philippe Charrier here.

Shiseido Asia-Pacific President Jean-Philippe Charrier has spent more time in Asia than he has in his native country of France.

Having left his home in the southern town of Agen at the age of 20, he has now spent over 30 years in the Asia-Pacific region. He first arrived in Japan in 1986 as an exchange student, and immediately fell in love with the country.

“When I arrived in Japan I immediately thought ‘wow this country is unbelievable’,” Charrier recalls.

He went back to France to complete his Masters degree (as well as brush up on his Japanese) before returning to Tokyo three years later when L’oreal deployed him there as the local marketing manager. 

A 29-year beauty and cosmetics veteran who has spent more than 12 years each of L’oreal and Shiseido, Charrier says he fell into the industry completely by chance.

“I had the opportunity to be in different companies, and I went to L’oreal because it was a company everyone wanted to work for. They asked me to join because they wanted to send somebody to Japan and I could speak Japanese. So that was luck,” he says.

Today, Charrier is married to a Japanese wife with whom he has two kids. He jokes that he has become so “Asian-ised” since those first days of his career. 

One on one

I love:

Travelling and spending time with my family

I dislike:

Not being challenged

My inspiration is:

My family

What advice would you give to your younger self? 

Not to be afraid of taking risks

What’s the best decision you ever made?  

To come to Asia

What would you say is your career-defining moment?  

Moving from a French company to a Japanese company

Describe yourself in one word:

I’m very adventurous 


For more Asia-Pacific CEOs and business leaders discussing their HR challenges, head to HRM Asia's dedicated Leaders Talk HR forum.

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