It's Been A Beautiful Journey

Our industry-shaking debut in 1970s Paris changed the face of prestige cosmetics. A year after acquisition by luxury group LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton in 1997, we expanded our empire to North America. Our revolutionary store model introduced a new way to shop for beauty at our first domestic location in New York City. By breaking down the department store counter, Sephora allowed clients to engage with our unbiased beauty experts and unique brands. We invested in remarkable women, who populated our executive ranks and became our most successful product innovators. Now with more than 360 stores in the Americas—including the US, Canada, Mexico, and Brazil—plus 500 inside JCPenney, we’ve grown into something much more than just a retailer. We’ve become a leading international beauty destination, with an award-winning website and an intuitive mobile app that offer endless ways to explore beauty even beyond our 2,000+ locations in 31 countries.

But We Are Constantly Looking Ahead

Our story is one of trailblazing, taking risks, and trying the untried. Our pursuit of innovation is constant and challenging—and fun—because there are always new ways to assist and dazzle our clients on their beauty journey, from our exclusive Color iQ tool that pinpoints skin tone foundation matches to our award-winning mobile app and experiences like Virtual Artist. We’ve been #1 on the L2 Digital IQ Index with a “Genius” ranking five years in a row and leading the industry in experiential retail. Together—from our stores to our distribution centers to our corporate office—we envision and create intimate, luxury shopping experiences. We are trained to teach our clients on the how’s and why’s of beauty and skin care. We imagine and deliver inventive ways to make each client look and feel amazing. We want her to touch and try and play. To make her happier than when she walked into our store or shopped online. To ignite her inner fearlessness. At Sephora, it’s all in a day’s journey.

Our leadership has many faces

Our leadership acts differently from others. They lead from the bottom up. They want employees to speak up. To think on their feet and take risks. They want to inspire fearless acts from employees, empowering their teams to challenge the impossible and have creative courage. Our leadership team also doesn’t look like other executive teams. Sephora has been described as “women-driven by driven women.” We are committed to recruiting and supporting a team as diverse as our client base.

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    Satish Malhotra

    Chief Operating Officer, Sephora Americas

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    Mary Beth Laughton

    EVP, US Omni Retail

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    Artemis Patrick

    Chief Merchandising Officer

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    Deb Yeh

    SVP, Marketing

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    Karalyn Smith

    SVP, Human Resources

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    Christophe Le Boterff

    Chief Financial Officer

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    Gregg Ardizone

    SVP, U.S. Stores

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    Savio Thattil

    CIO, SVP Technology

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    Mike Racer

    SVP, Supply Chain

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    Flavia Bittencourt

    SVP, Sephora Latin America

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    Terry Yanofsky

    SVP, Canada

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    At Sephora we live, breathe, and act by our values: Passion, Innovation, Expertise, Balance, Respect for All, Teamwork, and Initiative.

Sephora Stands: Supporting the beauty of fearlessness

Our purpose is to inspire fearlessness. Through our new Sephora Stands social impact programs, we will use our strengths to promote even greater good by supporting female entrepreneurs in beauty, our communities, and our people.

  • Sephora Accelerate: We stand with beauty businesses committed to social impact—and the women who create them. Our goal with this program is to support more than 50 of these female entrepreneurs though boot camps, mentorship, and small loans by 2020.
  • Classes for Confidence: We stand with those facing major life transitions. By providing specialized beauty classes for women re-entering the workforce, our hope is to inspire confidence in 100,000 women through this program by 2020.
  • Sephora Stands Together: We are a Sephora family, and we stand together in times of need. Through this focused effort, we will support our employees affected by natural disasters or unexpected life-changing events with financial aid.