“Sharon is a dynamic executive with deep retail experience,” said Chris Brickman, president and CEO of Sally Beauty Holdings. “She brings a keen understanding of customer engagement and a proven track record of building and driving sales in a demanding retail environment. I am confident that her consumer-led approach will accelerate our progress in becoming the leading provider of salon-quality products in the retail sector. Under Sharon’s leadership, and with the help of our talented team of retail executives at Sally, we believe the team can take the business to the next level of growth and performance.”
Leite has more than 25 years of experience in the retail sector. Prior to joining Sally Beauty, she held various executive-leadership roles since 2007 at Pier 1 Imports as an executive vice president. She led the global importer of decorative home furnishings and gifts' sales and customer-experience strategies. Pier 1 Imports has more than 20,000 field associates in 1,000-plus stores in the United States and Canada. In addition, her responsibilities included ecommerce, operations and real estate.
Prior to joining Pier 1 Imports, she served as vice president of sales and associate marketing (2007), vice president of store operations (2001-2006), and director of store operations and sales support (1999-2001) for Bath and Body Works—an international retailer specializing in bath-and-beauty products.
“It is an honor to be named president of Sally Beauty,” stated Leite. “Sally Beauty has taken great strides to articulate its value proposition to the consumer and improve the in-store shopping experience, resulting in a strong foundation for continued success. I look forward to working with the Sally Beauty executive team and store team. I share their passion for superior customer service and support their initiatives already under way. Given the company's long-term history in a very resilient industry, I have great confidence that we can continue our growth trajectory and succeed.”
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