RODAN + FIELDS APPOINTS RALPH LOURA CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER
Former Hewlett-Packard Chief Information Officer to Lead Company's Global Technology Organization
San Francisco, Calif. — February 22, 2016 — Rodan & Fields, LLC ("Rodan + Fields"), a leading prestige skincare brand and social commerce pioneer, today announced the appointment of Ralph Loura as its Chief Technology Officer (CTO), effective immediately. In this role, Mr. Loura will lead Rodan + Fields' global information technology organization, defining and advancing IT strategy and infrastructure to support the Company's significant growth momentum. Mr. Loura will oversee the Information Technology, Engineering, Project Management and Digital Product Management teams, and report to Diane Dietz, Rodan + Fields' newly appointed President and CEO.
Mr. Loura has more than 25 years of experience driving the information technology strategy for major brands. Most recently, he served as Vice President and Chief Information Officer (CIO) for Enterprise and Global Sales Operations at Hewlett-Packard (HP), where he led business intelligence, operations and customer-relationship management teams in identifying market opportunities and implementing go-to-market strategies.
"We are thrilled to have Ralph join our team to advance our IT strategy," said Ms. Dietz. "Ralph's significant experience in driving growth and business transformation through technology enablement combined with his business leadership skills and customer-centric approach make him an exceptional choice to lead our IT organization as we embark on the next chapter of growth and innovation at Rodan + Fields."
"Rodan + Fields, through its unique entrepreneurial business model, has been a pioneer in leveraging technology to forge strong relationships with its customers," said Mr. Loura. "I am excited for the opportunity to grow a global brand through technology solutions that create additional value for all our stakeholders."
Prior to joining HP, Mr. Loura spent several years as Senior Vice President and CIO of The Clorox Company, driving technology initiatives to support the company's overall growth strategy. Earlier in his career, Mr. Loura held technology leadership roles at Cisco, Symbol and AT&T Bell Laboratories, among others. Mr. Loura is a recipient of numerous industry awards including Computerworld's 2012 Premier 100 IT Leaders and Consumer Goods Technology's 2013 CIO of the Year, and currently serves on the board of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area. He holds an M.S. in computer science from Northwestern University and a B.S. in computer science-mathematics from Saint Joseph's College.
About Rodan + Fields
Founded by Dr. Katie Rodan and Dr. Kathy Fields, Rodan + Fields' dermatology-inspired skincare products and proprietary, technology-driven social enterprise platform are changing the way people engage in the skincare category, shop for products and care for their skin. In 2007, the company made the unprecedented move out of department stores and into the world of social commerce in order to realize the doctors' vision for providing the closest alternative to a professional skincare experience outside of a medical office and, in the process, empowering entrepreneurial opportunity. Products are available through Rodan + Fields Independent Consultants and at www.rodanandfields.com.
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