2024 WWD Beauty CEO Summit Recap

wwd beauty ceo summit 2024

The WWD Beauty CEO Summit 2024 brought together a diverse group of speakers, including brand founders, marketers, and retailer executives, to share their insights and strategies for navigating the ever-evolving beauty industry. The event featured prominent figures such as Jane Lauder, Chief Data Officer at Clinique, Scott McCall, former Chief Merchandising Officer at Walmart, and Sharon Chuter, Founder and CEO of UOMA Beauty, who provided invaluable perspectives on the state and future of the beauty industry. Rising brands like Brown Girl Jane, Tower 28, Summer Fridays, and Bubble Skincare were highlighted alongside major players like L’Oreal, Amazon, MAC Cosmetics, P&G, and Sephora. The presence of celebrities such as Kris Jenner and Courteney Cox added a touch of glamour to the proceedings. The overarching theme from the event was “Expanding Minds, Creating Opportunities.”

2024 Beauty CEO Summit

Key Insights from Retailers

One of the standout messages came from Andy Lightfoot of Space NK, who emphasized the power of data in understanding and converting customers’ needs while ensuring the highest lifetime value for the retailer. He highlighted their goal of creating a path for many years of purchasing rather than merely predicting the next purchase. Ulta reinforced this by revealing that 96% of their in-store customers are enrolled in their loyalty program, while Space NK reported that 71% of their online customers are part of theirs. These statistics underscore the importance retailers place on fostering long-term customer relationships.

Amazon’s Customer Obsession

Melis Del Rey from Amazon provided compelling metrics illustrating the company’s “customer obsession” in the beauty sector:

  • Over 100,000 beauty brands are selling on Amazon, including popular names like Summer Fridays and Tower 28.
  • There are more than 100 million unique beauty customers.
  • Amazon boasts over 1 billion beauty products.
  • In the lead-up to Black Friday 2023, the Amazon homepage garnered three times as many views as this year’s Super Bowl.

Amazon has also been investing heavily in social media and social selling to drive beauty engagement. The company now has over 10,000 creators in its Influencer program, and in 2023, Amazon Beauty video views on TikTok increased by 84% year-over-year. Additionally, 92% of customers discover new products while watching Amazon Live, contributing to a 46% year-over-year increase in purchases from search traffic.

Consumer Trends

At a broader level, consumer trends indicate a shift towards wellness and holistic beauty. Larissa Jensen from Circana shared that 75% of Gen X beauty consumers prioritize feeling good over looking good. This sentiment reflects a deeper connection between mental and physical well-being.

Muriel Gonzalez from The Vitamin Shoppe discussed trending categories at the health and wellness retailer, which include:

  • Longevity Supplements: Customers are seeking products that support a “healthspan,” not just a lifespan.
  • Gut Health: IBS and bloating are no longer taboo subjects.
  • Functional Beverages: These offer more than just hydration.
  • Nutritional & Digestive Support for GLP-1 Medications: Reflecting the latest health trends.

These trends highlight the sophistication of health and wellness customers, who stay informed about the latest news and trends and seek products that align with their goals of longevity and overall well-being.


The WWD Beauty CEO Summit 2024 provided invaluable insights into the future of beauty and wellness, emphasizing the importance of customer loyalty, data-driven strategies, and the growing consumer focus on holistic well-being. These takeaways resonate deeply with our mission at Market Defense, where we specialize in protecting and growing premium brands in the e-commerce space.

At Market Defense, we understand the critical role that customer loyalty and data play in driving long-term success. Our comprehensive strategies are designed to enhance brand presence, optimize performance, and safeguard against market threats. We are committed to leveraging the latest industry trends and consumer insights to help our partners thrive in a competitive landscape.

As the beauty and wellness industry continues to evolve, we are excited to be at the forefront, helping our clients navigate these changes and build stronger, more resilient brands. The trust and loyalty that consumers place in brands and retailers are a testament to the industry’s commitment to delivering on its promises. At Market Defense, we owe a debt of gratitude to every beauty consumer for their continued belief in our partners and their products.

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Vanessa Kuykendall and Lisa Raimondo of Market Defense