Jean-André joined Sephora in 2019 as Chief Executive Officer of Sephora Americas. Not a stranger to the LVMH family, Jean-André joined from Benefit Cosmetics where he spent twelve years as CEO. He has a proven track record as an inspirational leader and successful brand builder in beauty and retail, both in the U.S. and internationally, and knows the North American beauty industry extremely well.  Previously, he was President and CEO of the Coty Division of Coty, Inc. He is a graduate of the ESCP-EAP French Business School and a Baker Scholar from Harvard Business School.

What I Do

I focus on leading Sephora’s incredible team and growth strategies in the America’s in order to maintain our position as the most loved beauty community for our clients.

 

Why I’m At Sephora

What attracted me to Sephora is that for the last 20 years, Sephora has been breaking all the traditional rules of beauty retailing. I love being a part of that innovative culture, working alongside some of the most talented people in the industry. Sephora’s DNA of breaking the rules gives us the permission and credibility to continue to push the boundaries and revolutionize the beauty industry to bring something new to the client.

Favorite Beauty Insight

My view is that beauty is not about pleasing others, it is first and foremost about feeling good and confident about yourself. Sephora is the place where anyone—independent of race, culture, sexual orientation, lifestyle, age or ability—should feel welcome. Our beauty advisors will never judge you, we will welcome you with open arms and help you feel good and confident about yourself.

 

What “Inspire Fearlessness” Means To Me

To me, Fearlessness means staying true to our roots and doing what is best for the client, without worrying about what anyone else says. We shouldn’t try to please everyone, we should stay true to who we are and trust that our initiatives, born from our DNA, will excite and drive clients to our stores.

Corey and her team believe that a people-first approach is critical to Sephora’s success. Managing multiple functions under HR allows Corey to have a holistic view of the company. Prior to joining Sephora, Corey worked at Benefit Cosmetics for 15 years where she rose to the role of SVP of Global HR. When she is not traveling and spending time with her friends and family, Corey can be found watching her three children playing sports.

What I Do

In my role, I believe that people are critical to our business. All functions in Sephora’s organization are like pieces from a puzzle that work together to achieve our goals and move forward as a company. I strongly support a diverse workforce that is representative of all different backgrounds, thoughts, and perspectives.  The success of our employees and Sephora is dependent upon creating and fostering an environment that allows our employees to grow, develop, and thrive in this diversity.

Why I’m At Sephora

I have always admired Sephora and the work that the company has done through its profound voice and building of a strong company culture. The messaging and global impact that Sephora has on the beauty community and communities at large have always inspired me. Joining Sephora has given me the opportunity to join that voice and culture and contribute to the company’s very important influential journey.

Favorite Beauty Insight

Each person feels beautiful for different reasons and is magnified by a variety of beauty routines. Sometimes wearing mascara or lipstick brings out each person’s beauty and sometimes it is due to a top-notch skincare routine. Regardless of the beauty routine, the most important thing about a beauty practice is that it helps each individual’s outside beauty match and amplify their beauty within.

What “Inspire Fearlessness” Means To Me

Inspire Fearlessness means to create, promote, and foster an environment where people feel comfortable pushing back, asking questions, and expressing their point of view.  Being open, honest, and willing to listen to and embrace diverse perspectives and opinions pushes each other to be their best and inspires our employees to be bold and fearless

Artemis is responsible for driving product differentiation at Sephora and ensures that every product offered is the newest and best for our clients—and ahead of trend. Since joining Sephora in February 2006, she has served as VP of eCommerce Merchandising for Sephora.com and as VP, General Manager for Sephora inside JCPenney. Artemis began her retail career at DFS Group Limited, the world’s leading luxury retailer catering to the traveling public, and also owned by Sephora’s parent company, LVMH (Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy). When she’s not working, Artemis loves spending quality time with her husband and five-year-old daughter… preferably on a tropical beach.

What I Do

As the person charged with leading our merchandising and product development teams, I oversee a team of incredible merchants who decide what products and brands are part of Sephora. Together we help to drive how these great products and brand stories come to life.

Why I’m At Sephora

Every day I get to uncover new category growth with our brand partners—and who doesn’t love playing with product? I work with some of the brightest talent in retail! Every day is different, which keeps me on my toes.

Favorite Beauty Insight

In my decade at Sephora, I have learned that good makeup starts with a great canvas. Taking care of your skin is key! No matter how tired I am at night I wash my face with my Clarisonic and use my serum, moisturizer, and eye cream. And a good mask goes a long way. Beauty matters because it helps bring out confidence we all have inside of us. Beauty isn’t about how you look…it’s about how you feel.

What “Inspire Fearlessness” Means To Me

Inspiring fearlessness means giving my team the confidence to take risks and allowing them to make mistakes. We learn just as much (if not more!) from our mistakes as we do from our successes. This ability to take risks is what keeps Sephora constantly innovating.

Deborah and her team keep the Sephora brand experience differentiated and compelling. They bring to life our large-scale marketing campaigns, events, PR, advertising, and loyalty programs. Before she joined Sephora in 2012, Deborah held pioneering positions on the store and digital side at Target and Old Navy. When she’s not secretly shopping our stores to capture client insights, she is at home in San Francisco with her husband and two kids.

What I Do
I work with a talented group of marketing planners, publicists, program managers, designers, and writers to make Sephora one of the most loved brands in retail. Together we build arresting marketing campaigns, sticky loyalty platforms, compelling content, engaging events, and infectious buzz about Sephora’s products and services.

Why I’m At Sephora
I’m passionate about lifelong learning. I’m at Sephora because we’re always trying new things, and I’m inspired by the capable and courageous team around me. I learn new things from them every day.

Favorite Beauty Insight

I didn’t grow up in the beauty industry, but I love it. A very smart person once told me that the #1 rule in marketing is to believe in your offering. It’s so invigorating to participate in an industry full of hope, passion, and innovation. Plus, I never know when I might discover my next “holy grail” product.

What “Inspire Fearlessness” Means To Me

“Inspiring fearlessness” is a potent reminder that what we do for a living goes beyond face value. We should think carefully about the ripple effects of our decisions, yet we can also be optimistic about our impact. Hopefully, when we’re successful, we make someone out there in the world feel absolutely incredible.

Christophe joined Sephora in January 2017, but he is no stranger to prestige beauty or the LVMH family (Sephora’s parent company). Most recently, he was the CFO at Benefit Cosmetics where he helped Sephora’s sister brand reach a significant financial goal. Prior to Benefit, Christophe was also the CFO at Celine and Givenchy, the COO at Bliss, and spent several years in Finance leadership with LVMH North America. When Christophe isn’t at the office, he’s traveling with his wife and two children or hiking in either hilly San Francisco or the countryside.

What I Do

I oversee Finance & Loss Prevention across Sephora Americas. My team and I are here to secure financial operations as well as help project and support the growth of the business. I also keep Sephora shareholders informed of our performance.

Why I’m At Sephora

Sephora is constantly evolving and trying new things to further improve our client’s experience in the beauty world. With so much innovation, it’s never a dull moment! As best in class retailer, it is also a unique opportunity to work with amazing teams.

Favorite Beauty Insight

I am a firm believer that a “touch” of make-up, an “ounce” of skincare, and a “spray” of fragrance can not only make you look good but also feel good which leads to the ultimate beauty. You have to go for it! It took me some time to start a daily routine but … I’m catching up!

What “Inspire Fearlessness” Means To Me

It is about inspiring others to take risks and be disruptive in business decisions as well in daily tasks. In my job, it’s providing others evaluations of risks so that they can take bold, but sound, decisions with the best possible insight.

Carolyn and her team manage the merchandising and marketing client experience for our online channels both in the US and Canada, along with the eCommerce delivery strategy, client services, and new digital partnerships.

In her 15 years at Sephora, Carolyn has held a variety of leadership positions across Retail Merchandising, Brand Marketing, and eCommerce.

Prior to joining Sephora, Carolyn worked in eCommerce and retail merchandising at Old Navy and Old Navy.com. When Carolyn isn’t working in the digital world, she enjoys adventures and spending time with her two little boys.

What I Do

My team and I fuel Sephora.com – the leading prestige beauty site on the internet along with bringing brands to life across all of Sephora’s digital properties, including website and a mobile app. Additionally, I oversee our Client Services and the Client Experience team supporting the best in-class digital strategies.

Why I’m At Sephora

I am at Sephora because of my love for the people that work here and of course the product. Over the past 15 years at Sephora, I’ve been lucky to be a part of our emergence from an underdog to being a leader not only in Beauty but in all of Retail. I’ve had the opportunity to work with the best Merchandisers, Marketers and Digital thinkers in the industry. Also, our teams are collaborative, innovative and we genuinely love to be together. I came to Sephora with a passion and interest in skincare and have developed a love for makeup and fragrance too. 

Favorite Beauty Insight

I love that Beauty can evoke so many different experiences. To me it is fun, uplifting and can be inspiring. With skincare, I’ve learned that certain ingredients and innovations can make me look and feel better. With makeup, I’ve learned that artistry comes in all different mediums, and that everyone has it in them to be a makeup artist, including me! With fragrance, I’ve learned that it is not just about smelling good – but that it can evoke memories and is a huge part of creating new ones.

What “Inspire Fearlessness” Means To Me

To me, inspiring fearlessness simply means giving our employees and our clients the freedom to show up authentically as themselves in any situation. Whether that be the culture we cultivate at Sephora—where every voice regardless of background or title is valued—or the products and experiences we offer to our clients. We provide a space where diversity is expected, self-expression is honored and all are welcomed.

Vlad Kuznetsov started his career as an entrepreneur and scientist in Ukraine where he grew up. He moved to the US and pivoted his focus from electrical engineering to software, spending the 20+ years since building technology for retail companies, large and small, including Walmart, Shutterfly, Tailored Brands, Minted, and Macys. He joined Sephora in 2019 and leads the Technology organization. Vlad lives in the Bay Area and enjoys reading, traveling, swimming and many culinary hobbies including home brewing (to name a few) as well as hanging out with his daughter and two sons.

What I Do

Technology is everywhere; it rules our lives in countless ways. So how can we build an experience for our clients that is easy, inspirational and just right? This is what our talented technology team works to figure out every day, applying cutting edge solutions, such as cloud, artificial intelligence, and big data to do so. And we also power our backbone—the corporate systems that support internal business operations and ensure Sephora runs like a finely tuned clock, with the right data at our fingertips so we can make decisions quickly and pivot if needed. We also believe that modern innovation is often fueled by technology, so we strive to be the innovation center at Sephora.

Why I’m At Sephora

Client experience is my passion. And Sephora is a company that has figured out how to connect to and maintain strong relationships with clients. Our clients love Sephora and inspire me to deepen my understanding of this connection and, in turn, use my skills and experience to grow it further.

Favorite Beauty Insight

I think beauty is not so much how a person looks, but rather how they feel, move, and smile. Our products make people look better, but more importantly they make them feel better and happier.

What “Inspire Fearlessness” Means To Me

We make mistakes every day. If you observe the work of technology professionals you will notice that those who work and experiment the most, along with having the most passion, make more mistakes than others. And as we know well, there is no innovation without mistakes. Fearlessness is the courage to learn and grow even from our mistakes.

Joan Willat is the Senior Vice President, General Manager of Retail at Sephora. In her role, Joan oversees the US Retail channel including Stores, Store Experience, Business Operations, and Client Experience, including leading retailer growth via talent leadership, performance and education, brand education, and in-store events and experiences. Joan and her team are uniquely poised to ensure the long-term success of Sephora’s stores through elevated client service and experiences. Since joining Sephora in 2012, Joan has held a variety of leadership positions across Education and Retail Operations. Prior to joining Sephora, Joan held field leadership and corporate store operations roles for MAC Cosmetics and Williams-Sonoma Inc. A native New Yorker, she currently resides in Marin County with her family.

What I Do

I oversee the US Retail channel, an incredibly talented team that represents both the field and our corporate office. Together we work to create best-in-class experiences for our clients and for our employees. We work diligently to surprise and delight the client with tools, services, expertise, and we do the same for our employees with training and communication. It’s inspiring to work for such an influential beauty retailer that encourages us to be innovative in all that we create.

Why I’m At Sephora

I am surrounded by amazing people! There is so much creativity and drive amongst the team and a constant flow of activity. I’ve also had the opportunity to work with incredible leaders that have been trusted partners and mentors to me. I truly work with the best in retail and am in awe of their ability to always create and grow. Also, growing up a beauty junkie, I’m a true tester at heart. At any given time, there are a dozen new products that I’m trying out. Having new makeup on can really transform a mood – it’s amazing how a hot pink lip changes your mindset!

Favorite Beauty Insight

I am a true believer in starting each day with a fresh perspective. I wear a necklace that represents Eos, the Greek goddess of the dawn. She was thought to have brought hope of a new day and represents freedom. This is a reminder to me that there is beauty everywhere and you can find the beauty in every day.

What “Inspire Fearlessness” Means To Me

The actions that come to mind when I think of fearlessness are quite simple. To me it’s showing up as a collaborator, being flexible and curious, not being afraid to think differently or share your opinion, and being able to find opportunity in adversity–these are all characteristics of inspiring fearlessness.

Mike manages the supply chain team. He is responsible for making sure the unique product offering gets to the right customers, at the right time, and in the right quantities. Before Mike joined Sephora in 2011, he helped build a robust supply chain at Orchard Supply Hardware and previously held many supply chain positions at Gap Inc. When not at work, Mike can be found on the golf course, or spending time at home in the East Bay with his wife, three children, and dog.

What I Do

I run supply chain for Sephora which involves all inventory ordering, brand-relationship management, distribution center operations, transportation, store allocation, dotcom order fulfillment, and all reverse flow of product back from stores.

Why I’m At Sephora

I believe work should be fun and Sephora is just that. It allows me to be myself and not take myself too seriously. I’m also very competitive and like to win, and Sephora fosters that competitive spirit in all of us which challenges and inspires me every day. When people ask me where I work, I’m proud to say Sephora. 

Favorite Beauty Insight

The sun is damaging. It took me a while to figure this out (and I probably started way too late), but I’ve realized in the past four years how important sun protection is. My favorite product is FRESH black tea which makes me feel and look young again. 

What “Inspire Fearlessness” Means To Me

Fearlessness to me is how Sephora encourages us to challenge the status quo and look for new and innovative ways to own and run our business. It is also how we develop and empower our people to instill in our clients a sense of confidence that builds their overall self-esteem.

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