The married father of two who was head of Estée Lauder in Britain has quit following claims of an inappropriate relationship with a worker.
Philippe Warnery resigned as the UK and Ireland president citing 'family reasons' last month.
Sources have now told The Sun that he stood down amid rumours that the 48-year-old was having a relationship with a woman half his age.
One told the paper: 'He was in charge of the whole UK operation and she was much younger than him and in a junior position.'
Mr Warnery, who lives in Kensal Rise, north London, oversaw 25 brands in the UK including Jo Malone, Clinique and Aveda.
He quit nine months into his £1.1million-a-year job after Estée Lauder Companies hired him in 2006 then promoted him several times.
Mr Warnery stood down as director on September 6, Companies House records show.
He also resigned quit his role as director of the Walpole Committee, which promotes the UK beauty trade, five days after.
Just last year he mentioned how much he enjoyed working with junior staff in his job, saying: 'I also love the reverse-mentoring programme we have.'
Estée Lauder Companies said that it would not comment on rumours or speculation.
A spokesperson added that it has a strict code of conduct that requires employees to act within the firm's values and policies.