Carlton Lawson is the Group President, Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) for Kenvue. Responsible for leading a fully integrated, end-to-end team, Carlton is responsible for the company’s growth strategy in the EMEA region, ensuring it meets the fast-changing consumer needs and demand patterns of this diverse region.
Carlton is a seasoned leader with deep expertise in consumer health following a career spanning more than 30 years in leading healthcare organizations. Recognized for his values-based leadership and focus on diversity in talent and culture, he successfully develops high-performing teams that deliver consistent business results. His understanding of the need to quickly adapt and meet consumer needs has led him to champion employee empowerment and operationalize an end-to-end agile organization.
In his previous role as Company Group Chairman for Johnson & Johnson Consumer EMEA, Carlton steered a consumer-centric mindset focusing the organization on delivering exceptional consumer experiences and building brand trust. He led the region to competitive growth with this philosophy of keeping the consumer at the center of everything we do. This single-mindedness has seen EMEA launch the world’s first connected OTC product, Nicorette QuickMist SmartTrack™ and play a lead role in sustainable innovation for our iconic global and regional brands.
Having worked at Johnson & Johnson Consumer Health earlier in his career, Carlton rejoined in 2019 as the Area Managing Director for Northern Europe. Prior to this, Carlton was Head of Global Categories (CMO) at GSK. In this role he led the global marketing team responsible for delivering brand and category strategy, innovation and brand-building assets. He was also responsible for building global digital and brand building capabilities and partnering with the R&D organization to secure a pipeline of innovation.
Before that, Carlton worked at Johnson & Johnson Consumer Health where he led the global Pain, Digestive Health, Cough/Cold and Allergy franchises. He has also worked as Marketing Director for Pfizer Consumer Healthcare UK and Ireland and began his career at Warner Lambert Consumer Healthcare.
Carlton received a Bachelor of Science degree in Geography from The University of Manchester.