Veteran Sassoon Educator Named P&G Salon Professional Global Education Academy Dean
In this newly created role, Moody will develop protocols for educator training and standards, working globally and in conjunction with P&G North America Salon Professional Creative and Technical Director Fabio Sementilli and North America Education Director Carole Protat on this continent.
“Stephen has fostered an incredible network of collaboration across the globe among hairdressers, salon owners and educators,” said P&G Salon Professional President Adil Mehboob-Khan. “He is poised to bring P&G Salon Professional education to the next level of excellence worldwide.”
“Much of the credit in making the Sassoon Academies the gold standard of basic school and continuing professional education goes to Stephen,” said P&G North America CEO Reuben Carranza. “The diversity of his experiences and accomplishments coupled with his national and international reputation are unmatched, and we are delighted to tap his expertise.”
A more than 30-year veteran of the Sassoon Salon and Academy organization, Moody was most recently International Executive Director of Vidal Sassoon Education. A respected figure on stages and classrooms from Asia to Africa to Europe to North America, he joined Vidal Sassoon in 1980 as a salon apprentice and rapidly chose an academic career track in the Vidal Sassoon Schools and Academies. While working at Vidal Sassoon in London, he traveled to Italy, Spain, Malaysia, Germany, Sweden and Hong Kong to share the “Sassoon way” of cutting hair.
In 1987 he was named Principal of the Vidal Sassoon Academy and School of Cosmetology in Santa Monica, CA. In addition to his duties there, over the next decade he opened Sassoon Education centers in Toronto, San Francisco and Miami Beach while traveling across North America to inspire and educate in shows and seminars. Most recently, he opened the successful Chicago Sassoon Academy.
Named International Executive Director of Sassoon Academies in 2001, Moody took on responsibility for all Sassoon education globally. He developed the definitive hair sculpting course, “abc Cutting Hair the Sassoon Way,” developed, pioneered and launched the innovative Sassoon Academy- School Connection program in the U.S. and in Australia, and was a member of the working group that developed the Wella Professionals cutting system.
Moody was a judge for the Global Salon Business Awards in Barcelona and Hollywood as well as a founding member of “Beauty Changes Lives,” a grassroots industry movement to elevate and highlight the diversity of career options afforded to beauty school graduates.
Devoted to education practically from the cradle—his mother was one of Vidal Sassoon’s first students—Stephen Moody is looking forward to continuing to make an impact on current and future generations of salon professionals. “It was apparent to me that everyone at P&G Salon Professional is moving to be in the forefront of education,” he said. “This new role will allow me to maximize my 32 years of experience to continue to build the company’s educational momentum and to assist in elevating the bar in a craft that is so dear to me.
“I am especially excited about working with Global Education Leader Michelle Mason at the world headquarters in Geneva, and of course with my colleagues Fabio and Carole in North America, to learn and to build P&G Salon Professional education,” he continued. “I can’t wait to get started.”
Stephen Moody lives in Malibu, California, with his wife Maria and children Chase, Catcher and Cora Lynn. He will split his time between North America P&G Salon Professional headquarters in Woodland Hills, California, and the P&G Global Salon Professional headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.