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Avon Products, Inc. Selects Hewlett Packard Enterprise to Lead Hybrid Infrastructure Transformation

334 Days ago

HPE Will Operate Avon's Global IT Infrastructure in Four Areas by Offering Dedicated Data Center Services, Cross-Functional Support, Network Management and Security Services

PALO ALTO, CA--(Marketwired - Jan 7, 2016) -  Hewlett Packard Enterprise (NYSE: HPE) today announced an agreement with Avon Products, Inc. (NYSE: AVP), a leading global beauty company, to transform key elements of Avon's global IT infrastructure.

"To fully support the needs of our Representatives and her customers, our IT infrastructure needs to operate with agility," said Sue Liddie, Avon's Chief Information Officer. "We believe that HPE is the right global partner to help us to deliver the best experience for our end-users today and in the future. This partnership also allows us to accelerate our growth strategy in areas like digital where having a solid IT infrastucture is critical."

As part of the agreement with Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Avon will:

  • Use HPE's integrated framework to standardize IT processes that power a hybrid infrastructure, and provide high-quality service delivery using best practices and alignment to established global standards
  • Establish a Security Operation Center at HPE's global delivery center
  • Set up a Global Service Desk utilizing self-service tools, remote support and data analytics to enhance end-user experience
  • Implement HPE's tools to monitor and automate distributed server management services, including HPE Operations Manager, HPE Operations Orchestration, and HPE Server Automation
  • Leverage HPE's Global Network Operating Center to provide network data services, including HPE's tools for monitoring and automation

As part of the agreement HPE will identify cost efficiencies and provide tools and processes to operate more consistently, enabling Avon to quickly adjust and adapt to ever-changing business demands.

"As a leader in beauty and direct selling, Avon aims to stay ahead of the curve by laying a new foundation for their digital strategy," said Mike Nefkens, Executive Vice President & General Manager of Enterprise Services, Hewlett Packard Enterprise. "The partnership with Hewlett Packard Enterprise will enable Avon's business transformation journey, which is critical for staying competitive in today's rapidly dynamic business environment."

About Avon Products, Inc.
Avon is the Company that for more than 125 years has stood for beauty, innovation, optimism and, above all, for women. Avon, with nearly $9 billion in annual revenue in 2014, has products that are sold through 6 million active independent Avon Sales Representatives worldwide. Avon products include color cosmetics, skincare, fragrance, and fashion and home, featuring such well-recognized brand names as Avon Color, ANEW, Avon Care, Skin-So-Soft, and Advance Techniques. Learn more about Avon and its products at www.avoncompany.com

Forward-Looking Statements
Statements in this release about Avon Products, Inc. that are not historical facts may be forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially. These risks and uncertainties are detailed from time to time in reports filed by Avon Products, Inc. with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including Forms 8K, 10Q, and 10K. These forward-looking statements involve risks, uncertainties and other factors, which may cause the actual results, levels of activity, performance or achievement of Avon to be materially different from any future results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Any forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made. Avon does not undertake to update any such forward-looking statements.

About Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Hewlett Packard Enterprise is an industry-leading technology company that enables customers to go further, faster. With the industry's most comprehensive portfolio, spanning the cloud to the data center to workplace applications, our technology and services help customers around the world make IT more efficient, more productive and more secure.

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Editorial contacts

Lindsay Fox
Avon Products, Inc.

lindsay.fox@avon.com

Mari Hancock
HPE
Mari.hancock@hpe.com