Mary Dillon (businesswoman)

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Mary Dillon
Born1961/1962 (age 60–61)[1]
Chicago, Illinois, US
EducationUniversity of Illinois at Chicago
OccupationBusinesswoman
TitleChair, Ulta Beauty
Board member ofStarbucks
Ulta Beauty

Mary Dillon (born 1961/62) is an American businesswoman. She was the CEO of Ulta Beauty, a beauty retail company, from July 2013 until June 2021, when she became chair.[2][3][4][1][5] She was global chief marketing officer and executive vice president of McDonald's from 2005 to 2010.[1] She was CEO and president of U.S. Cellular from 2010 to 2013.[1] Dillon is a non-executive director of Starbucks.[4]

In May 2019, Dillon announced plans for Ulta to expand its business internationally, beginning with store openings in Canada.[6]

Dillon has a bachelor's degree in Marketing and Asian Studies from the University of Illinois at Chicago.[4]

Dillon was named one of Fortune's most powerful women in 2016.[7] In 2016 she became a trustee of the Save the Children Federation.[8][9] In October 2018, she was awarded the Sandra Taub Humanitarian Award for philanthropic leadership.[10] In June 2019, Dillon was named one of Barron's best CEOs.[11]

Early life[edit]

Dillon was born in Chicago and is the fourth among six siblings. Her father worked as a steel worker while her mother was a housewife. She studied college at the University of Illinois and worked various jobs such as a waitress, a house cleaner, and a bank teller, to acquire money for her tuition. She earned her bachelor's degree in marketing in 1983.[12]

References[edit]

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  5. ^ Abigail Stevenson (October 13, 2016). "Ulta Beauty CEO wants to double market share". Cnbc.com. Archived from the original on May 8, 2017. Retrieved May 5, 2017.
  6. ^ "Ulta goes international with plans for Canada". Retail Dive. Archived from the original on June 4, 2019. Retrieved June 4, 2019.
  7. ^ Loeb, Walter. "Ulta Beauty's CEO Mary Dillon Is A Dynamo Driving Growth and Profits". Forbes. Archived from the original on May 5, 2017. Retrieved May 23, 2019.
  8. ^ "Mary N Dillon, Ulta Beauty Inc: Profile and Biography - Bloomberg Markets". Bloomberg.com. Retrieved October 17, 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  9. ^ "Leadership and Trustees". Save the Children. Archived from the original on September 21, 2019. Retrieved September 21, 2019.
  10. ^ Franklin, Marc J. (October 26, 2018). "The Cast of Mean Girls, Jessica Vosk, and More Come Out for Breast Cancer Research Foundation Luncheon". Playbill. Archived from the original on August 15, 2019. Retrieved August 15, 2019.
  11. ^ "AMD's Lisa Su and Other Change Agents on Our List of the World's Best CEOs". www.barrons.com. Archived from the original on June 19, 2019. Retrieved August 15, 2019.
  12. ^ Angelou, Leah Marie (March 25, 2018). "Woman to Watch: Ulta Beauty CEO Mary Dillon". Born2Invest. Retrieved April 9, 2020.