If there’s one thing Australians know, it’s how to celebrate summer. On July 12th, we’ll be kicking off summer in style at Australia House with the Australia-United Kingdom Chamber of Commerce annual summer party.
It’s Australia House’s Centenary Year, so we’re showcasing the best Australia has to offer from the obligatory (and iconic) Aussie party pies to classic Australian wine, beer from Little Creatures, and door prizes and goody bags you won’t want to miss!
Joining us will be special guest Michael O’Keeffe, CEO of Aesop, speaking on his exceptional tenure at one of Australia’s favourite brands and what it takes to make it in the UK.
The sun might be optional, but the good times are mandatory. Places are limited, register today!
Michael O’Keeffe, CEO, Aesop
Michael O’Keeffe joined Aesop in 2003. Under his leadership, Aesop has achieved significant commercial growth and success, expanding from one signature store in Australia to more than 300 stores and concessions across 23 countries around the world. He has built strong teams in each region to support the company’s growth while single-mindedly upholding Aesop’s philosophy of delivering products of the finest quality and exceptional service to customers.
Initially drawn to Aesop’s meticulous approach to product formulation, he launched Aesop’s first signature store in 2003 together with founder Dennis Paphitis. He cites, among other achievements, the launch in 2016 of the Aesop Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Aesop. The Foundation partners with not-for-profit organisations to strengthen literacy for communities in need, and supports them to share their stories across Australia.
Prior to joining Aesop, Michael worked in the EU, the USA and Australia across a variety of industries including telecommunications, manufacturing, finance and management consulting. As well as his responsibilities at Aesop, Michael is now the co-CEO of the Natura &Co group which comprises Natura Cosmeticos (Brazil), The Body Shop and Aesop.