Avon can trace its founding back to 1886 when David H. McConnell started a perfume business in lower New York City. The company’s first sales rep is P.F.E. Albee.
In 1892, the company name was changed to California Perfume Company.
In 1914, the company expands to Canada.
In 1916, the company incorporated in New York.
In 1928, the company begins using the brand Avon for certain products. In 1939, the company changes its name to Avon Products.
In 1946, the company goes public.
In 1954, the company launches its very successful, “Ding Dong, Avon Calling” ad campaign.
By 1978, there are over 1 million independent sales representatives.
In 1990, the company expands to China.
In 1999, Andrea Jung is named as CEO.
Today, Avon manufactures and sells beauty products in over 140 countries worldwide. They are the 5th largest beauty company in the world.