Jessica Alba drops huge career news: ‘There would never have been an easy time’

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Jessica Alba is taking a step back from her sustainability-focused lifestyle company, The Honest Company.

In a press release published on Tuesday, the actor announced she will be leaving her role as the brand’s chief creative officer but will stay on board as a director to help guide the company’s future growth, reports Page Six.

“When I created The Honest Company, I set out to change the consumer product industry and I can proudly say, we did just that,” Alba, 42, said in the release. “Honest has been a true labour of love for me – one that showed me what’s possible when you infuse purpose into business.”

“While there never would have been an easy time to make this decision, I know we have a leadership team in place to advance my founding vision and protect Honest’s reputation as an industry changemaker,” she added.

“As I transition, I look forward to contributing to the company’s success in my role on the board of directors as I redirect my focus on new projects and passions.”

The Fantastic Four star founded the brand — which focuses on consciousness and transparency — in 2012. She announced her departure after the company reported record profits for the fourth quarter of 2023. Honest sells baby products, beauty items, apparel, household care and more.

Alba also took to her Instagram page on Tuesday to express her sincerest gratitude for the experiences she’s collected as Honest’s founder and the people she’s worked with along the way.

“Building Honest has been a true labour of love. From the first concept book I pitched to my friends in Mummy and Me class, to ringing the bell at Nasdaq with my family by my side – this journey has been the ride of a lifetime, one that only existed in my wildest dreams,” she gushed.

She went on to thank her Honest team for its “unwavering commitment” to the company’s vision and her customers for their continued patronage.

“Thank you for showing me that a girl with an unconventional path in business could help lead a movement for good,” she concluded.

Alongside her touching caption, Alba shared photos from various parts of her journey with Honest, from a picture of her posing on top of merchandise boxes in a warehouse in 2011 to speaking at Nasdaq in 2021.

She also included two quotes from the late First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt.

“Never allow a person to tell you no who doesn’t have the power to say yes,” the first read, while the second said, “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”

During a 2022 interview with CNBC — who valued The Honest Company at $550 million at the time — Alba compared creating the brand to raising children.

“It actually reminds me a lot of raising kids: When you think you’ve got it figured out, a whole other thing [happens], and you’re like, ‘Whoa, OK, here we go,’” she explained.

“I had to release my need to control the process,” she continued.

“I’ve learned a lot about the power of teamwork, and being able to support other people and the greater good — having the nugget of the idea and the vision be really clear, but [knowing that] how you get there is going to be different every time.”

The Dark Angel alum shares her three children, daughters Honor, 15, and Haven, 12, and son Hayes, 6, with her husband, Cash Warren.

This article originally appeared in Page Six and was reproduced with permission.