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CEO, Ulta Beauty
Mary Dillon joined Ulta Beauty as Chief Executive Officer in July 2013, bringing extensive experience leading consumer-driven brands to the role, as well as a passion for leveraging consumer insights and customer-focused strategies to build brand engagement.
With Dillon’s strategic direction, Ulta Beauty has achieved record sales and earnings and excellent momentum in its e-commerce business. Dillon leads an associate base of more than 37,000, 92% of whom are women, and, under her leadership, the Board of Directors has become the most gender diverse of any Fortune 1000 company in Illinois. Fortune Magazine named her #5 on its 2017 Business Person of the Year Top 20 listing. Dillon also serves on the Board of Directors of Starbucks Corporation.
Dillon championed the establishment of the Ulta Beauty Charitable Foundation in 2016 and serves on the board of directors for Save the Children, the Ounce of Prevention Fund, World Business Chicago, the Economic Club of Chicago and the Executive’s Club of Chicago. She is on the civic committee of The Commercial Club of Chicago and a member of the Chicago Network.
She earned her bachelor’s degree in marketing and Asian studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dillon is the mother of 4 and lives in Evanston with her husband Terry.