Former Avon CEO Andrea Jung takes top spot at microfinance company Grameen America

Monday, April 7, 2014

The former head of Avon is now leading Grameen America, a group that provides small loans to poor women entrepreneurs in the U.S.

Andrea Jung was CEO of the beauty products company from 1999 through April 2012 and served as chairman through the end of that year. Considered one of the most powerful women in business, she came under fire for failing to stem Avon’s sales declines and left amid an overseas bribery investigation.

But as head of Avon, she pushed a message of female self-empowerment and business ownership.

Grameen America’s website says that Jung joined this month with the “goal of scaling the organization to solve economic issues for women and their families across the country.” The organization didn’t immediately return emails sent by The Associated Press.

Source: US News (link opens in a new window)

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