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Spencer G. Smul

The Estée Lauder Companies, Inc.
Senior Vice President, Deputy General Counsel and Secretary
New York, NY, USA


Spencer G. Smul

Mr. Smul is Senior Vice President, Deputy General Counsel and Secretary of The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. In addition to his responsibilities relating to the stockholders, the Board of Directors, the Audit Committee, the Compensation Committee, the Stock Plan Subcommittee and the Nominating and Board Affairs Committee, he is a member of numerous management-level committees, including the Company’s Strategic Deployment Group, Fiduciary Investment Committee, and the Organizational Alignment Steering Committee. He is Chairman of the Company’s Disclosure Committee. He is also a member of the Senior Leadership Team in the Legal Department where he leads the Corporate, M&A and Board Affairs Group, which is responsible for, among other things, the legal matters related to acquisitions, divestitures, securities law compliance and other finance matters, environmental health and safety, global supply chain, global information systems, real estate and retail store development. Mr. Smul is the Finance Manager for the Legal Department where he leads the Department’s budgeting, electronic invoicing and matter management efforts. He also works closely with the General Counsel on the development and implementation of the Department’s long-term strategic plan.

Mr. Smul has been a member of the Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals, Inc. since joining The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. after its initial public offering in 1995. From 2008 to July 2012, he was a member of the Board of the Society, including the Audit and Finance Committee (2010 to 2012) and Executive Steering Committee (2009 to 2010). He is currently Treasurer of the Society (since 2012). Mr. Smul is also a member of the Advisory Committee of the Society’s New York Chapter (since 2004) and was a member of the Chapter’s Fall Conference Committees from 2004 to 2009. From June 2005 through June 2009, he served one year each as the Chapter’s Secretary, Treasurer, Vice President and Program Chair and President. In June 2013, he was a speaker at the 2013 Millstein Governance Forum at Columbia Law School on the panel: “Segmenting Ownership: Revisiting Dual Class Stocks and Extended Holding Periods: Can Dual Class Stock Structures Help Alleviate Short-Term Pressures in Favor of Long-Term Sustainability.” In August 2012, he was a speaker at the ABA 2012 Annual Meeting panel: “Dual Class Stock: Value Enhancer or Corporate Governance Killer?”

Prior to joining The Estée Lauder Companies, Mr. Smul was an Associate at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP.

He is a graduate of Stanford Law School and Vassar College.

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