Laura Beres

Senior Director of Strategic Portfolio Delivery

Ulta Beauty

Laura Beres is a business executive with over 15 years of experience across corporate strategy and operations in retail and consumer industries, transforming programs and building new organizational and market-facing capabilities.

Currently, Laura serves as the Senior Director of  Strategic Portfolio Delivery at Ulta Beauty, where she leads the most complex, transformational initiatives for the enterprise working with the senior leadership team. She also leads Conscious Beauty at Ulta BeautyTM, a holistic approach to beauty that gives guests access to choices and transparency across clean ingredients, product sustainability and more. In this role, she is responsible for the development and delivery of the strategic approach and executional program, the assessment and management of risk, and its quality and success across internal and external partners. Previously, Laura led Corporate Strategy at Ulta Beauty, supporting the organization in developing its long-term vision with the senior leadership team.

Laura started her career in the financial services industry where she gained experience in commercial lending across small and middle market companies. After earning her MBA, Laura worked at Deloitte Consulting, advising primarily on growth and transformation strategies in Consumer Packaged Goods. Her international efforts consisted of establishing a global center of excellence for client account management. Through this, Laura became a trusted, capable, global leader who assesses situations quickly, develops impactful strategies and guides execution.

In the fall of 2020, Laura joined the Board of Directors for Nanophase Technologies. She earned her M.B.A. from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and has a B.S. in Finance and B.A. in Oboe Performance from Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana. Laura lives with her husband and three young children in Naperville, Illinois.