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Kecia Steelman named Ulta president, COO

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Kecia Steelman named Ulta president, COO

BOLINGBROOK, Ill. — Ulta Beauty Inc. has promoted Kecia Steelman to president and chief operating officer.

In her new post, Steelman has responsibility for corporate strategy, information technology, store and services operations, supply chain, Ulta Beauty at Target, loss prevention, and enterprise-wide transformation and optimization efforts. She will continue to report to Ulta chief executive officer Dave Kimbell.

“Kecia is a talented executive with a proven track record of driving operational excellence while fostering a caring and inclusive culture and creating exceptional guest experiences,” Kimbell said. “Over the last year, Kecia has increased her scope and influence within our organization, and this expanded role recognizes her value to the company and her many contributions to our success, while also demonstrating our ongoing confidence in her leadership to help us drive profitable growth for the Company over the coming years.”

Steelman was named to the chief operating position in June 2021 after having served as chief store operations officer since September 2015. She joined Ulta Beauty as senior vice president of store operations in July 2014.

Before joining Ulta Beauty, Steelman was group vice president at Family Dollar Stores from 2011 to 2014, after joining that company in 2009 as vice president of store development and store operations. From 2005 to 2009, she was at Home Depot, where she served as vice president and the general manager of Expo Design Center, Home Depot Design Center, and YardBIRDs as well as director of new store innovations. Steelman also served in a variety of retail operations and merchandising roles at Target Corp. from 1993 to 2005.



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