Fantastic Sams Names New CEO
Dessange International, owner of Fantastic Sams, Camille Albane and Dessange franchise brands, is proud to announce the hiring of John Costanza as president and chief executive officer of Dessange Group North America.
John had previously been at Conair Corp., developing the global professional division brands, namely Conair Professional, Babyliss, Satin Smooth, Aquage and Rusk. Bringing 22 years of international and North American management experience, John will lead Dessange Group North America’s expansion of its three salon franchise brands—now in nearly 2,000 locations worldwide. He will also be responsible for the U.S. distribution of the Phytodess haircare.
John achieved Harvard business school alumni status through the two-year completion of their extension business leadership program, and has enjoyed significant successes while at Conair, L’Oréal USA, Sally Beauty Holding Canada and Joico Hair Care Laboratories.
“John possesses incredible organizational skills, is an industry leader and a true asset to Dessange. It’s his proven ability to maximize teams and his fundamental business vision that convinced us he is the leader of today and tomorrow who will take us to the next level,” says Benjamin Dessange, chairman of the executive board at Dessange International. “I look forward to John joining our company—his long-standing experience in the beauty industry brings us a wealth of knowledge.”
The three salon franchises—Fantastic Sams with over 1,000 locations in North America; and the worldwide brands Camille Albane, an urban, upscale authentic French hair salon with 300 locations; and Dessange, the franchise leader in luxury hair salons and spas with more than 400 locations—enjoy a strategic position in the salon franchise industry. “I see immense growth potential in our North American operations and the opportunity to recruit, train and innovate with our stylists,” says John. “Our people are our greatest asset in franchise owners, employees and customers.”