Business 100 - 2008

Brian C. Connolly/Avon, Inc.

Brian Connolly, Executive Vice President, Global Direct Selling, is responsible for driving Avon’s direct-selling strategies as a source of continuing competitive advantage. His oversight extends across the company’s international markets.

Prior to his current role, Brian was Executive Vice President and President, Avon North America, where he oversaw an operating unit with $2.5 billion in sales.

Avon Inc., The Company For Women, is the world’s leading direct seller with $8.7 billion revenue in 2006 while employing over 40,000. Since 1992, Avon has raised over $500 million worldwide to fight breast cancer, and as a member of the Foundation’s Board of Directors, Brian has helped to spearhead Avon’s Breast Cancer Walks and other charitable activities.

The son of Irish immigrants and one of eight children, Brian’s favorite motto is “Do the right thing when no one is looking,” a credo he picked up from his parents. He graduated with a B.S. in accounting from Penn State University and is the father of three.