SOURCE: Dessange Group North America

Dessange Group North America

April 03, 2015 11:21 ET

Linda Chadwick Named President and CEO of Fantastic Sams, Camille Albane and Dessange Group North America Salon Franchises

Seasoned Franchising Veteran Will Oversee Three Salon Franchise Brands and Spearhead Bold North American Expansion

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwired - Apr 3, 2015) -  Dessange International, owner of Fantastic Sams, Camille Albane and Dessange franchise brands is pleased to announce the promotion of Linda Chadwick to President and Chief Executive Officer of Dessange Group North America.

Chadwick had previously been the President and Chief Operating Officer of Fantastic Sams.

Chadwick will lead Dessange International's North American expansion of its three salon franchise brands. Currently, the Dessange brands have more than 2,000 locations worldwide.

A veteran franchising executive, Chadwick spent more than 20 years at Burger King Corp., including three years as Vice President of Franchise Operations. Her tenure also included serving as Senior Director of North America, Training and Development, where she implemented new training systems, established ROI training metrics and restructured training delivery processes.

"As our franchise brands grow more rapidly into the North American market, I believe Linda is the right person at the right time to lead Dessange Group North America," said Benjamin Dessange, Chairman of the Executive Board at Dessange International. "Linda brings an ability to work tirelessly on all levels of brand execution -- from marketing to operations and from sales to production and development. Linda brings passion, discipline and vision to everything she does."

At Fantastic Sams, Chadwick has led a successful reorganization of the company and is in the process of spearheading a brand evolution of the iconic 40-year-old franchise. Improvements under her watch include the introduction of a new store design, a new operating system and a heightened focus on increasing owner profitability. New franchise sales are up from the previous year, and the brand has seen an increase in candidates seeking franchise ownership.

Chadwick plans to bring the results-oriented mindset, discipline and team spirit she's known for at Fantastic Sams to Camille Albane, an urban, upscale, authentic French hair salon, and to Dessange, the franchise leader in luxury hair salons and spas. Camille Albane is well-known in Europe with more than 300 locations, and the Dessange leading luxury salon and spa franchise has more than 400 locations worldwide. Fantastic Sams has more than 1,100 locations in North America.

"When Dessange International acquired Fantastic Sams in 2012, the company immediately assumed a key strategic position in the salon franchise industry," Chadwick said. "I will continue to leverage the legacies of these three historic brands, and I am committed to growing them to their fullest potential in North America.

"With our parent company's vast resources and support, we've already been able to invigorate and grow the Fantastic Sams network and bring the Camille Albane concept to the market in the U.S. We're now embarking on an expansion of the Dessange luxury franchise," Chadwick added. "I envision bold growth for all three brands that together will make Dessange Group North America the dominant full-service salon franchise brand in North America."

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