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Meet the Management Team

Benjamin-DessangeBenjamin Dessange
Chairman of the Executive Board
Dessange International

Benjamin Dessange spent his life immersed in the beauty and hair salon industry. He is the son of our iconic founder, Jacques Dessange. Benjamin achieved his hairdressing experience on the ground in Europe and the United States. He also acquired financial credentials to lead Dessange into an era of international expansion and product manufacturing. Benjamin is focused on continuing the prestigious legacy of the Dessange brand.

John Costanza
President and CEO

John Costanza was appointed President and CEO of Dessange Group North America (DGNA) in 2017. He has more than 20 years of North American and international management experience in the salon and beauty industry. Costanza will lead expansion efforts for Dessange and DGNA’s other salon franchise brands, which together comprise nearly 2,000 locations worldwide. He will also be responsible for U.S. distribution of the Phytodess haircare line. Previously, Costanza held leadership positions with Conair, L’Oreal USA, Sally Beauty Holding Canada and Joico Hair Care Laboratories.

Ruth Swanson
Vice President of Marketing

Ruth Swanson Head ShotRuth started her career at Arnold Worldwide on the agency side working on franchise accounts, giving her insight into the complexities of large franchise networks. After an agency position in New York City, she returned to Boston to join Dunkin Brands for 10 years. In 2010, Swanson joined Fantastic Sams Hair Salons, which is owned by Dessange, and revamped marketing and messaging and implemented a revitalized campaign using both advertising and digital space. She has been working with Dessange Group North America since 2013.

Susan Peace
Senior Director of Retail Beauty Products

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASusan joined Fantastic Sams, which is also owned by Dessange, in 2008. She works closely with product lines for all Dessange brands — Fantastic Sams, Camille Albane, Phytodess, Natural Pigma and Dessange. She has more than 20 years of experience in product development and retail. With an eye for quality and value, Susan has expertise in portfolio, increasing revenues and reducing operating costs for franchisees.



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