Tara Simon, Senior Vice President of Merchandising for Prestige Beauty, has served in her current role since March, 2015. She began her career with Ulta Beauty as Vice President, Prestige Color in March, 2012. Previously, Ms. Simon served for four years as SVP of Merchandising, Planning & Inventory for Beauty Brands in Kansas City, Missouri. Prior to her time in Kansas City, Tara spent two years with Sephora as a Divisional Merchandise Manager in San Francisco. Her retail career began with Foley’s in Houston, Texas where for 19 years she held many different positions in both Cosmetics and Fragrance. Tara is true southern lady at heart, a native Texan and graduate of University of Texas School of Business. She is a self-proclaimed beauty junkie, which fuels her passion for the industry. Tara is a results driven and strategic leader with a highly collaborative style. She loves developing people, and watching them grow and succeed. Tara is passionate about developing relationships and fostering partnerships in business, which is one of the secrets to her success.
In addition to her role at Ulta, Tara also serves on the board of directors for Cosmetic Executive Women, and most recently the Step-Up Women’s Network in Chicago. In March 2018, Tara is joining the Chicago Youth Guidance board, and continues to be committed to donating much of her time to philanthropic causes whose primary focus is to educate and empower girls and women. Tara is a theatre lover, and served on the board of Stages Repertory Theatre in Houston, TX for many years, and is still deeply involved in their success, from afar.