In this episode of Women in Retail Talks, Women in Retail Leadership Circle Co-Founder Melissa Campanelli interviews Debbie Perelman, president and CEO of Revlon, a color authority and beauty trendsetter in the world of color cosmetics and hair care. Listen in as Perelman discusses her career journey that led to her current position (1:22), the professional accomplishments she’s most proud of from the past year (4:13), and how she motivates and inspires her team (7:54). She shares what she looks for when hiring for leadership roles at Revlon (10:13), how the company is supporting the mental and physical wellbeing of its employees (12:22), and the cosmetic brand’s recent partnership with One Mind at Work to pledge commitment to mental wellness in the workplace (14:35).

Perelman discusses her passion for mental wellbeing (15:35) and upcoming initiatives she’s working on during Mental Health Awareness Month, including at the Child Mind Institute, a nonprofit she co-founded 14 years ago (17:00). She also asks Campanelli how she prioritizes mental wellness (18:39). Lastly, Perelman shares how mentorship has played an important role in her career, and how she mentors young professionals today (21:34).

Debra G. Perelman is the president and CEO of Revlon, Inc. and a member of its board of directors. At the time of her appointment, she became the first female CEO of a publicly traded global beauty company as well as the first female CEO to lead Revlon. As CEO, she has led the revitalization of Revlon’s iconic brands, driven the company’s e-commerce and digital expansion, and delivered consistent profitable growth. As one of her early initiatives, she developed the company’s sustainability strategy and, more recently, launched Revlon’s Diversity and Inclusion Council. She has worked closely with Revlon for 20 years, beginning her career in its management training program, and rejoined as COO in 2017 from MacAndrews & Forbes.

Ms. Perelman is a co-founder and board member of the Child Mind Institute, serves on the President’s Advisory Council at Princeton University, the Board of Overseers at Columbia Business School, the Executive Committee for the Partnership for New York City, and Mastercard’s CPG Innovate Steering Committee. She holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BA cum laude from Princeton University.

Date: May 24, 2022

Credits: Debbie Perelman

Duration: 24:16