Beauty products retailer
Ulta Salon Cosmetics and Fragrance Inc.
) recently appointed Mary Dillon as chief executive officer (CEO)
and a member of the board of directors, effective Jul 1, 2013.
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Dillon will replace interim CEO Dennis Eck who took over the
reins after CEO Chuck Rubin's resignation in Feb 2013. Rubin put
his papers down to join Michaels Stores Inc, North America's
largest arts and craft retailer. Since then Ulta had been looking
for a suitable successor.
Dillon has donned many important roles in her illustrious career.
Prior to this, she worked for national wireless carrier U.S.
Cellular as the president, CEO and a director since Jun 2010.
Under her leadership, U.S. Cellular scaled new heights by
developing new distribution channels and revenue initiatives,
implementing an omni-channel strategy, strengthening e-commerce
platforms and enhancing customer experience.
Prior to that, she served as the global chief marketing officer
and executive vice president for restaurateur
) since 2005. Before that, Dillon was an executive at food and
), where she assumed various posts including president of the
Quaker Foods division. Furthermore, Dillon served as a member of
the board of directors for retailer
) since 2007.
Considering Dillon's three decades of experience in
top-managerial positions at leading consumer-driven businesses,
she can easily be tagged as an industry veteran.
While Illinois-based Ulta boasts an extremely solid business
model in the beauty retailing industry, it faced a tough time at
the beginning of the year when it lost its CFO as well. However,
Ulta carried on its winning momentum even in the first quarter of
2013 with earnings and sales growing more than 20%. Ulta
currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).