Kecia Steelman

Chief Operating Officer,

Ulta Beauty

Leaders and mentors undoubtedly play a key role in the global empowerment of women, but it takes all of us lifting each other up, breaking glass ceilings and reminding each other of how powerful and capable we truly are.

Kecia Steelman is Chief Operating Officer (COO) at Ulta Beauty. Kecia joined Ulta Beauty in August 2014 as Senior Vice President of Operations before assuming the role of Chief Store Operations Officer in September 2015 and President of International in 2019. Most recently, she has elevated into the position of COO for the entire organization.

Kecia is responsible for all aspects of store, services, supply chain, and IT operations and leads a growing team of more than 40,000 associates passionate about delivering wow experiences to guests in 1300 stores, four distribution centers and two fast-fulfillment centers across the country. She also oversees Ulta Beauty’s external partnership with Target as well as enterprise initiatives such as the ERP multi-year upgrade. Her leadership is also integral in companywide annual planning, strategic initiatives, and building the business plans for the future growth of Ulta Beauty.

Prior to joining Ulta Beauty, Kecia held leadership positions across the retail sector, including Group Vice President and Vice President of Project Implementation & Operations at Family Dollar; Vice President and General Manager at Expo Design Centers and Director of Innovation & Strategic growth; Home Depot. She began her career at Target, where she served in a variety of retail operations and merchandising roles for 12 years.

In addition to her work at Ulta Beauty, Kecia currently serves on the board of directors for The Bay Club Company a KKR portfolio company, Metropolitan Family Services and serves as the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for the Adler Planetarium. She received her bachelor’s degree in business management from Kennedy Western University.

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