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Esra Erkal-Paler, who heads global external communications at pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca, is moving to Coty as worldwide corporate affairs officer.

The move reflects the return to the beauty products category for the one-time UK/Ireland internal/external communications staffer at L’Oreal Group. She left L’Oreal to serve as executive director of the UK’s Advertising Standards Authority.

Camillo Pane, CEO at Coty, praised Erkal-Paler’s more than 20 years of experience spanning the beauty, consumer goods, healthcare and regulatory sectors. “She has a strong track record of transforming corporate reputation with a multi-channel mindset for engaging internal and external stakeholders,” said Pane in a statement.

Erkal-Paler, who began her career at Burson-Marsteller and Weber Shandwick, will be based in London when she joins Coty on May 21.