Tracey Travis is currently Executive Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer of The Estée Lauder Companies effective August 2012 with responsibilities for Global Finance, Accounting, Investor Relations, Information Technology and Strategy and New Business Development. Ms. Travis also co-leads the company’s major cost savings and process improvement initiatives. Previously, Ms. Travis was Senior Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer at Ralph Lauren Corporation from January 2005 to July 2012 with responsibility for Global Finance, Accounting, Tax and Treasury, and Business Development, as well as Investor Relations and Information Technology. In both of her roles she has successfully led and supported multiple acquisitions, the development of enhanced capital structures and shareholder returns, and technology transformations.
Ms. Travis was with Limited Brands in Columbus, Ohio from 2001-2004 as Chief Financial Officer of Intimate Brands Inc. and as Senior Vice President of Finance for Limited Brands with responsibility for operational finance for all divisions, capital planning, corporate forecasting, budgeting and strategic planning. From 1999 to 2001 Ms. Travis was Chief Financial Officer of the Americas Group of American National Can, where she led both the Finance and Information Technology groups. Prior to this position, she held various management positions at Pepsico/Pepsi Bottling Group (PEP) from 1989 to 1999 including Group Manager, New Products where she assisted in the development of the business plans for Pepsi’s entrance into non soft drink beverage categories; General Manager, where she led the manufacturing, distribution and market development of beverages for a Michigan market unit; and Chief Financial Officer, Michigan Business Unit. She began her career at General Motors as an engineer and progressed through various financial roles, including the controllers staff where she worked on international product programs, joint ventures and divestitures.
Ms. Travis currently serves as a director on the boards of Accenture PLC (ACN) and Lincoln Center Theater in New York. She previously served on the boards of Campbell Soup Company (CPB) from 2011-2017, and Jo-Ann Stores Inc. (JAS) from 2003-2011, where she also chaired the Audit Committee. She is also a member of the Board of Overseers for Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business, and recently served as a Trustee on the Board of the University of Pittsburgh.
Ms. Travis was recognized in 2005 by Treasury and Risk Management Magazine as one of the Top 25 Women in Finance, and in 2012 as one of the 100 most influential people in Finance. In 2008 she was granted the Best CFO award by Institutional Investor magazine. In 2009 and 2017 she was named one of the Top 100 African Americans in Corporate America, and in 2019 she was included on the list of “The Most Powerful Women in Corporate America” by Black Enterprise magazine. Ms. Travis has also received multiple Distinguished Alumni awards from her alma mater, the University of Pittsburgh. In 2011 Ms. Travis was asked to serve as an inaugural member of the Wall Street Journal’s CFO Forum. In 2016, she received Legal Momentum’s Aiming High Award.
Ms. Travis received a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and an MBA in Finance and Operations Management from Columbia University.