* Tracey T. Travis ’86
Tracey Travis is executive vice president of finance and CFO of The Estée Lauder Companies with responsibilities for Global Finance, Accounting, Investor Relations, Information Technology and Strategy and New Business Development. Ms. Travis also co-leads the company’s major cost savings and process improvement initiatives. Previously, Ms. Travis was senior vice president of finance and CFO at Ralph Lauren Corporation from January 2005 to July 2012, with responsibility for Global Finance, Accounting, Tax and Treasury, and Business Development, as well as Investor Relations and Information Technology. In both roles she has successfully led and supported multiple acquisitions, the development of enhanced capital structures and shareholder returns, and technology transformations.
Ms. Travis was with Limited Brands in Columbus, Ohio from 2001 to 2004 as CFO of Intimate Brands Inc. and as senior vice president of finance for Limited Brands with responsibility for operational finance for all divisions, corporate capital planning, corporate forecasting, budgeting and strategic planning. From 1999 to 2001, Ms. Travis was CFO of the Americas Group of American National Can, where she led both the Finance and Information Technology groups. Prior to that position, she held various management positions at Pepsico/Pepsi Bottling Group from 1989 to 1999, including group manager of New Products, assisting in the development of the business plans for Pepsi’s entrance into non soft drink beverage categories; general manager, leading the manufacturing, distribution and market development of beverages for the Howell, Michigan market unit; and CFO of the Michigan Business Unit. She began her career at General Motors first as an engineer; then after being awarded a GM Fellowship to pursue her MBA, returned to General Motors as a financial executive, working on the controllers staff on various international product programs, joint ventures, and divestitures.
Ms. Travis currently serves as a director on the boards of Accenture PLC (ACN) and Lincoln Center Theater in New York. She previously served on the boards of Campbell Soup Company (CPB) from 2011 to 2017, and Jo-Ann Stores Inc. (JAS) from 2003 to 2011, where she also chaired the Audit Committee. She is also a member of the Board of Overseers of Columbia Business School, and recently served as a trustee on the board of the University of Pittsburgh.
Ms. Travis was recognized in 2005 by Treasury and Risk magazine as one of the Top 25 Women in Finance, and in 2012 as one of the 100 most influential people in finance. In 2008, she was granted the Best CFO award by Institutional Investor magazine. In 2009 and 2017 she was named one of the Top 100 African Americans in Corporate America by Black Enterprise magazine. Ms. Travis has also received Distinguished Alumni awards from her alma mater, the University of Pittsburgh. In 2011, Ms. Travis was asked to serve as an inaugural member of the Wall Street Journal’s CFO Forum. In 2016, she received Legal Momentum’s Aiming High Award.
Ms. Travis received a bachelor of science in industrial engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and an MBA in finance and operations management from Columbia Business School