Business 100 – 2019

Elaine O’Brien/L’Oréal

Elaine O’Brien is head of finance for Yves Saint Laurent Beauty, within the L’Oréal Group in New York City. Elaine’s time in L’Oréal has spanned brands such as Lancôme, Giorgio Armani, SkinCeuticals and La Roche Posay. Elaine joined L’Oréal U.K. and Ireland, based in London, in 2014 and transferred to New York in 2016, where she led the commercial finance division of the active cosmetics division. During that time, Elaine worked on the acquisition and integration of CeraVe – the largest acquisition of L’Oréal USA. Currently, Elaine manages the finance team for Yves Saint Laurent, the fastest-growing brand in the L’Oréal Luxury division. She is a member of the YSL management committee and is focused on the growth strategy and expansion of the business in the U.S. market. Prior to joining L’Oréal, Elaine worked in Transaction Services at KPMG Ireland, where she qualified as a Chartered Accountant. A graduate of Trinity College in Dublin, where she studied business and economics, Elaine played an active role in the school’s business programs, acting as chairperson of the Foresight Business Society in 2010.