Most Innovative Companies

Ulta Beauty

Since Mary Dillon took over as CEO of Ulta Beauty in 2013, she has reimagined the beauty chain, transforming its image as a mainstay in downtrodden suburban strip malls. Dillon revised the store’s coupon policy to nix its reputation as a bargain bin retailer, announced plans for a new flagship in Manhattan—one of hundreds of new stores to be opened—and stocked Ulta’s app with high-tech offerings. She’s also overhauled the in-store experience by offering salon services. The result: Ulta’s stock has been on a tear, up 38% in 2016. 

2017: Retail
headquarters: Bolingbrook, Illinois
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