Executive Bios

Lucy Gildea, Ph.D.


Dr. Lucy Gildea has over 20 years of experience in global product development across numerous product categories.  As Chief Innovation Officer, Product and Science, Dr. Lucy Gildea stands at the forefront of cutting-edge scientific research. Since joining the company in 2017, she has helped secure its status as a leading skincare and nutrition innovator in the direct selling and cosmetics industries.

With more than 1,600 patents for products, technologies and packaging designs in its global portfolio, Dr. Gildea leads the company’s Global Research and Development function to create new Mary Kay products and their Innovation Pipeline for the future. She also partners with Mary Kay’s Chief Marketing Officer to develop and execute the top beauty brand’s Global Product Strategy.

Prior to joining Mary Kay, Dr. Gildea excelled during a 15-year career at Procter & Gamble. Working primarily in beauty technology and beauty/skin product development she also held senior roles where she managed the global research and development teams for upstream technology, product development, and measurement sciences across formulated consumer product categories. During her tenure, Dr. Gildea lived in Singapore, advancing her experience with international markets.

Having lived abroad, she enjoys traveling for leisure, good food, and spending time with her husband Jerry and their four children — Jack, Sean, Louie and Ty.


A graduate of Georgetown College in Georgetown, Kentucky, Dr. Gildea earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology. She continued her education at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine where she earned a Ph.D. in Cell and Molecular Biology, Immunology and Infectious Diseases. Her academic career also included a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Immunology.


Since 2019, Dr. Gildea currently serves on the Baylor Scott & White Dallas Foundation Board, the Baylor Scott & White Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center Board of Advisors as well as the Board of Directors for Cancer Support Community North Texas.


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