A British national and a graduate of Oxford in political science, philosophy and economics, Geoff Skingsley started his career in the marketing department of Procter & Gamble. After a spell as Marketing Manager of the L'Oréal Paris Division in London, he moved to Holland as General Manager, Consumer Products Division, incorporating the L'Oréal, Garnier, Gemey and SBI Fragrance businesses. In 1994, he moved to India to develop the group there: he managed a new subsidiary, a factory and created both the Consumer and Professional Products Divisions. He returned to Europe in 1999 to manage L’Oréal UK. In 2004, Geoff Skingsley was appointed Deputy Director for Human Resources for the group, and the following year, he was appointed Executive Vice-President, Human Resources. In January 2012, he was entrusted with the new position of Executive Vice-President of the Africa – Middle East Multi-Division Zone.