Ulta Welcomes New Board Member

Ulta Beauty has appointed Catherine “Cathy” Halligan, senior vice president of social-commerce platform Powerreviews, to its board of directors.

Halligan is replacing Hervé Defforey, who will resign from the board effective Jan. 28. Defforey resides and works primarily overseas—which he earlier cited as the reasons for his resignation.

Halligan holds more than 20 years of experience in marketing and ecommerce within the retail industry. Prior to joining Powerreviews, she held several senior-level positions with prominent retailers. Her previous roles included: chief marketing officer of Walmart.com, vice president of direct marketing for Blue Nile and vice president and general manager of Internet for Williams Sonoma. She began her career as a marketing and planning analyst for Lands’ End.

“We are pleased to welcome Cathy to the Ulta Beauty board,” said Dennis Eck, Ulta non-executive chair. “Cathy is a highly talented and accomplished executive in ecommerce and direct marketing, which complements the diverse backgrounds of our existing board members and aligns well with our consumer strategy. We also want to thank Hervé for his many contributions to the board. His dedication and wisdom were invaluable to us, and he assisted in developing the strong platform that exists today at Ulta Beauty. While we are sad to see Hervé leave, we are excited to begin working with Cathy and expect to benefit greatly by her knowledge and expertise in innovative Internet and marketing strategies.”

Additionally, board member Kenneth T. Stevens is moving into Defforey’s post of chair of the nominating & corporate governance committee.