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About KAO USA Inc.

Kao USA knows the Tao to beautiful skin. The company, pronounced "cow," formulates and makes personal care products for men and women. Its bulging brands portfolio includes its flagship Jergens, as well as Curél skin care; John Frieda, Goldwell, and Guhl hair care products, among others. Kao USA maintains operations in North America, Europe, Australia, Africa, and the Middle East, and markets its products in more than 20 countries. Founded in 1882 as the Jergens Soap Company, the business began by making primarily coconut oil soap. It became a subsidiary of Japan's Kao Corporation and adopted the Kao Brands name.


Kao USA makes beauty care and premium mass and professional hair care products, marketing them to mostly female customers worldwide. Brands include John Frieda, Guhl, Goldwell, KMS California, Jergens, Curél, Bioré, Ban, and Molton Brown. It has 10 brands.

Geographic Reach

Ohio-based, Kao USA Inc. Begun as Jergens Soap Company in the US and now under the umbrella of a Japanese personal care products company, Kao USA extends the reach of its business from the Americas to Europe, Australia, the Middle East, and the Africa regions. Altogether, the company supplies its products to customers in more than 20 countries,  including Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, and Denmark among other. It has offices located Ohio, Maryland, and New York.


2535 Spring Grove Ave
Cincinnati, OH 45214-1729
Phone: 1 (513) 421-1400

Firm Stats

Employer Type: Privately Owned
President and General Manager: Trevor Attenborough
Chief Technology Officer: Teri Barrigar
VP Marketing: Andrea DeLeon
Employees (This Location): 400
Employees (All Locations): 1,100

Major Office Locations

Cincinnati, OH

Other Locations

Baltimore, MD
Hamilton, OH