ESTÉE Lauder’s British chief quit the firm after claims of an inappropriate relationship with a woman worker half his age, The Sun can reveal.
Married dad-of-two Philippe Warnery stood down as UK and Ireland president last month citing “family reasons”.
Sources now say that the French-born bigwig, 48, resigned after allegations surfaced about the colleague, who we are not naming.
One told The Sun: “He was in charge of the whole UK operation and she was much younger than him and in a junior position.”
Mr Warnery, who lives in Kensal Rise, North London, had also been overseeing 25 Estée Lauder brands in Britain including Jo Malone, Clinique and Aveda.
He left the perfume and cosmetics giant just nine months into his £1.1million-a-year president’s job.
Estée Lauder Companies first hired him in 2006 and promoted him several times. Companies House records show he resigned as a director on September 6.
He also quit as director of the Walpole Committee, which promotes the UK beauty trade, five days later.
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Last year he told how he enjoyed working with junior staff, saying: “I also love the reverse-mentoring programme we have.”
Estée Lauder Companies said: “We do not comment on rumours or speculation.
“As a general matter, we have a strict code of conduct that requires all employees to conduct themselves in accordance with the company’s values and policies.”
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