Meet the Management Team
Camille Albane USA combines franchising and salon industry experience
President and CEO of Dessange Group North America
Before being named President and CEO of Dessange Group North America in 2015, Linda was the President and Chief Operating Officer of Fantastic Sams. She oversees the three beauty brands in the United States that are owned by our parent company Dessange International — Fantastic Sams, Camille Albane and Dessange.
Linda is a veteran franchising executive with more than 20 years at Burger King Corp., including three years as Vice President of Franchise Operations and a stint as Senior Director of North America, Training and Development, where she implemented new training systems, established ROI training metrics and restructured training delivery processes.
As a proud sponsor and former member of the Women’s Foodservice Forum, Linda is passionate about franchising and developing people at all levels. She is a graduate of Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, Virginia, and holds a B.A. in Business Administration, Cum Laude. Linda most admires the hairstyle of Julianna Margulies, because it’s sassy and classic at the same time.
Senior Director, Retail Beauty Products
Susan joined Fantastic Sams, owned by the same parent company as Camille Albane, in 2008, and has more than 20 years of experience in product development and retail. With an eye for quality and value, Susan reformulated the Fantastic Sams product portfolio, increasing revenues and reducing operating costs for our franchisees. She has been working with the exclusive Camille Albane line of products since 2013.
Vice President of Marketing
Ruth started her career at Arnold Worldwide on the agency side working on franchise accounts, giving her insight into the complexities of large franchise networks. After an agency position in NYC, she returned to Boston to join Dunkin Brands for 10 years. In 2010, Swanson joined Fantastic Sams Hair Salons, owned by the same parent company as Camille Albane, and revamped marketing and messaging and implemented a revitalized campaign using both advertising and digital space. She has been working with Camille Albane since 2013.
U.S. Marketing Development Specialist for Camille Albane and Dessange Group North America
Whitney designs and executes the national marketing strategy that provides franchisees with the tools they need to engage clients and drive business with initiatives that increase average ticket price and frequency of visits, and that communicate our chic French brand. Prior to joining Dessange Group North America in 2013, Whitney worked in the technology industry, where she managed digital marketing and community engagement efforts.
Director of Salon Operations
Ms. Hughley has been the Director of Store Operations for DGNA since January 5, 2015. From September, 2013 to January 4, 2015, she was the Director of Operations and Training for DGNA, all in Beverly, Massachusetts. Between July 2012 and July of 2013 she was the Vice President of Operations for Dreamdry in New York, New York. Prior to 2012, Ms. Hughley was the Regional Business Development Manager at ULTA Beauty for the west region.