Prior to joining Mary Kay, she spent 15 years at Procter & Gamble, working in health care, oral care, beauty technology and beauty/skin product development. During her tenure, Dr. Gildea lived in Singapore, advancing her experience with Asian markets.
"Dr. Gildea's proven track record and success to embed high efficacy science in the personal care product industry will enhance Mary Kay's ability to provide innovative products and technology that consumers are unable to find elsewhere," said Thomas Cho, chief supply chain officer for Mary Kay Inc. "From her time working internationally, Dr. Gildea's global perspective brings great value as Mary Kay Inc. continues to expand and works to understand the needs of customers in all markets."
"The opportunity to serve as the new chief scientific officer for Mary Kay Inc. allows me to marry my passions for science, innovation and empowering women," said Gildea. "Through leading Mary Kay's Global Research and Development, I am excited to be on the front lines of innovation to create beauty products that invigorate our independent sales force, as well as their customers, around the world."