Priya Venkatesh, a highly experienced prestige beauty retail leader, serves as Sephora’s Senior Vice President of Merchandising for Skincare and Hair. In her 14-year tenure, Venkatesh has focused on category vision and development, including building a robust brand portfolio of indie, emerging, clean and classic brands while driving innovation in formulation offerings, product and services experiences at Sephora. Under Venkatesh’s leadership, Sephora’s Skin and Hair business has grown dramatically, ensuring these areas play an integral role in the retailer’s instore and digital experience offerings for clients. She has developed and executed many successful initiatives, including the launch of “Clean at Sephora,” a new category that provides a clear point of view on the clean beauty category and Sephora’s offering across 50+ brands and 2,000 products, Skin IQ, an instore skincare solutions diagnostic tool, national skincare services featuring complimentary Mini Facials, and introduced a range of high performing brands including Algenist, Boscia, Bumble and bumble, Dr. Jart, Drunk Elephant, Dyson, Farmacy, Glam Glow, Living Proof, Olaplex, Summer Fridays and Sunday Riley. Prior to her current role at Sephora, Venkatesh was a clinical skincare merchant and before joining Sephora, she was the Director of Makeup at The Body Shop. Venkatesh earned a Masters in International Economics and Finance from Brandeis University and currently resides in the Bay Area.