Avon colors new activist-buyout battle lines

December 4, 2015

The makeup company is under fire from a pushy investor and may call on private equity firm Cerberus to help. Motorola and NCR similarly just sold minority stakes to Silver Lake and Blackstone. This growing white-knight role suggests the targets aren’t the only ones with troubles.

The Avon lady needs to look in the mirror

October 28, 2011

Andrea Jung may be a powerful figure in U.S. business, but as CEO of the $8 bln cosmetics company she has twice failed to turn it around. Never mind the federal probe into possible wrongdoing, Avon’s dismal performance is reason enough for Jung to give someone else a chance.