Meet the Management Team
Chairman of the Executive Board
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.
President and CEO
Before being named President and CEO of Dessange Group North America in 2015, Linda was the President and Chief Operating Officer of Fantastic Sams. She oversees the three beauty brands in the United States that are owned by our parent company Dessange International — Fantastic Sams, Camille Albane and Dessange.
Linda is a veteran franchising executive with more than 20 years at Burger King Corp., including three years as Vice President of Franchise Operations and a stint as Senior Director of North America, Training and Development, where she implemented new training systems, established ROI training metrics and restructured training delivery processes.
As a proud sponsor and former member of the Women’s Foodservice Forum, Linda is passionate about franchising and developing people at all levels. She is a graduate of Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, Virginia, and holds a B.A. in Business Administration, Cum Laude. Linda most admires the hairstyle of Julianna Margulies, because it’s sassy and classic at the same time.
Vice President of Marketing
Ruth 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.
Senior Director of Retail Beauty Products
Susan 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.
Gerry joined Dessange Group North America in 2014 and is currently General Counsel, Secretary and a member of the Board of Directors for parent company Dessange International. Prior to his current position, Gerry was a partner at Quarles & Brady LLP in Washington D.C., and prior to that he was a partner at DLA Piper LLP (US) in Atlanta, Georgia. He also previously worked in the legal departments at Hewlett-Packard Company in Gaithersburg, Maryland, and US Office Products Company in Washington, D.C. He received his B.S. from the University of Maryland and his J.D. from the College of William and Mary, Marshall-Wythe School of Law. Gerry most admires the hairstyle of Julia Roberts.