Denise M. (Dee) Clark
SVP and Global CIO, Estee Lauder Companies Inc.
Denise (Dee) Clark started her impressive career as an ROTC scholarship recipient, obtaining her BS in Math and Sociology and serving as a commissioned officer in the US Navy, including at one point as Lieutenant Commander, Cryptology. After her 13 years in the service, Clark obtained a series of IT leadership positions at large, well-known consumer products companies including Apple, Inc., Warner Music, Mattel Inc., and Hasbro Inc. In November of 2012, Clark became SVP and Global CIO of Estee Lauder Companies Inc, a manufacturer and marketer of prestige skincare, makeup, fragrance and hair care products. Headquartered in New York, NY, the company has about 38,500 employees as as of July 2013, hit annual sales of over $10 billion for the first time in its history. The company is still controlled by the Lauder family, which controls about 70% of voting shares, and one of Lauder's grandsons, William P. Lauder, is Chairman of the Board. In addition to her IT leadership roles, Clark has also served as Chair of the National AIDS Fund in Washington DC and in February 2013 was elected to the Board of Directors for United Natural Foods.