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About Our Americas Region

Across our Americas Region—the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand—we’re making life beautiful. We thrive on change, embrace our differences and draw strength from one another. We operate with integrity and through innovation and deep understanding, deliver excellent products that make the world a better place.

Modern Philosophy Rooted in History


Our Story

The Kao Way is the philosophy that drives our entire company – the foundation of all our business activities. Visit our corporate site to learn more about our corporate philosophy, aspiration and the meaning behind our logo.


More Than a Century of Integrity and Innovation

Founded in 1887 by pioneering business man, Tomiro Nagase, Kao was built on a strong foundation of integrity and innovation, as well as an entrepreneurial spirit that still inspires everything we do today. But our region’s history dates back further to 1882 when the Andrew Jergens Company was founded in Cincinnati, OH.

Our Business Sectors


Kao Consumer Division


Kao Salon Division


Molton Brown

Globally, Kao develops consumer products in four fields of business: Hygiene and Living Care, Health and Beauty Care, Life Care, and Cosmetics – in addition to the Chemical Business. In the Americas Region, our operations and diverse brands and products are grouped into three sectors—the Kao Consumer Division; the Kao Salon Division; and Molton Brown, our line of luxury bath, body and beauty products.

Our Locations


Welcome to Our Region of the World

Kao operates with locations around the world. The Americas Region includes our diverse family of employees across the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

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