U.S. Cellular’s top executive named CEO of Ulta Beauty
Bolingbrook, Ill. — Ulta Beauty has selected Mary Dillon, the president and CEO of U.S. Cellular, as CEO, effective July 1, 2013. She replaces Dennis K. Eck, who has been serving as interim CEO of Ulta since CEO Chuck Rubin left to head up Michaels.
Dillon, 52, who will also become a member of Ulta’s board, has served in the top spot at U.S. Cellular since 2010. Previously, she was global chief marketing officer and executive VP for McDonald’s Corp.
"After conducting a thorough and robust search process, the Board believes that Mary is the ideal person to lead Ulta Beauty as we enter our next phase of growth,” said Eck. “Mary brings strategic vision, a rich consumer marketing background, strong operational experience, and a passion for the customer. Her experience with developing national brands, her expertise in the digital world, and her track record in building strong teams will all be important assets for Ulta Beauty.”
With 576 stores nationwide, Ulta has been aggressively expanding. It plans to open 125 stores this year.
Virtual Piggy beefs up executive team
LOS ANGELES — Virtual Piggy, an online service that allows parents to monitor their children’s online shopping behavior, has appointed Laura Janke Jaeger as general counsel.
Jaeger has more than 20 years of experience advising boards and management teams on strategic and financing activities, as well as transactional and other corporate and regulatory issues.
She has served as the SVP and general counsel of Elandia, Inc., as corporate VP of Fortune 150 Cendant Corporation, and as general counsel of Winstar International. Prior to her in-house roles at these public companies, Jaeger was a corporate and transactional associate at top New York law firms Simpson, Thatcher & Bartlett and White & Case.
She is a graduate of Georgetown Law and the University of Notre Dame with extensive business and strategic development experience and is licensed to practice law in England as well as New York.
“I’m excited that Laura had decided to join the executive team,” said Dr. Jo Webber, CEO and founder of Virtual Piggy. “Her broad legal expertise at an international level is already proving to be invaluable to us as we expand domestically and globally.”
“Virtual Piggy is a fast growing company with a unique business model,” said Jaeger. “I’m thrilled to be part of the executive management team and help Virtual Piggy become a household name across the globe.”
L’Oréal nabs communications officer from White House
NEW YORK — L’Oréal has appointed Kristina Schake as the company’s chief communications officer, effective July 8.
Schake will represent L’Oréal USA for all corporate communications and will lead the external communications strategy in the areas of public and media relations, industry and government relations, sustainability and crisis communications. She will also oversee the company’s corporate philanthropic programs.
Schakew was special assistant to President Obama and communications director to First Lady Michelle Obama. Prior to joining the White House in December 2010, Schake was co-founder and principal of Griffin/Schake, a California-based public affairs and strategic communications firm that specialized in helping civic leaders, major foundations and nonprofit organizations bring about critical social change through policy, legislative, social marketing and media initiatives. She was a founding board member of the American Foundation for Equal Rights, the sole sponsor of the federal court challenge to California’s Proposition 8, which was heard before the U.S. Supreme Court in March. A native Californian, Schake is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University.
L’Oréal USA, headquartered in New York City, is the largest subsidiary of the L’Oréal Group, a leading global beauty company. The company’s portfolio of leading brands includes Lancôme, Giorgio Armani Beauty, Yves Saint Laurent Beauté, Viktor & Rolf, Diesel, Cacharel, L’Oréal Paris, Garnier, Vichy, La Roche-Posay, L’Oréal Professionnel, Kerastase and Shu Uemura Art of Hair. The U.S. is the base for product development, international marketing and advertising of L’Oreal’s 13 American brands: Maybelline New York, Soft-Sheen.Carson, Kiehl’s Since 1851, Ralph Lauren Fragrances, Essie Cosmetics, Redken 5th Avenue NYC, Matrix, Mizani, Pureology, SkinCeuticals, Dermablend, Clarisonic and Urban Decay.