When thinking of C-suite executives, a variety of titles come to mind: Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer, and the list goes on. However, most would likely consider Emmanuel Lulin’s title, Chief Ethics Officer, out of the ordinary. In his capacity as Chief Ethics Officer for L’Oréal, Lulin ensures not just that the French personal care company is abiding by the law, but also that it is doing what’s right.
Lulin began his professional life at the age of 17 when he worked for Serge Klarsfeld, a French Nazi Hunter. As a Jew whose family was almost entirely decimated during the Holocaust, his work had a lasting impression on him.
“The experience certainly taught me that even if you are alone you can be impactful, you can create change, and you can have an influence despite the fact that you are surrounded by cynics and skeptics,” he said.
The experience inspired Lulin to pursue a Master of Law at the University of Chicago. He had originally intended to use his degree to fight for those who could not defend themselves, in the same way that he had done while working for Klarsfeld. However, his career did not initially unfold as planned.
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