Date Joined Mary Kay:
September 1, 1963
Richard co-founded Mary Kay, Inc. in September 1963 with his mother, Mary Kay Ash. He served as the Company’s General Manager until 1965 when he was named Vice President. In 1968, he was promoted to President and Chief Executive Officer, and in November 1987, Richard was named Chairman of the Board.
In 1992, Richard became Chairman of the Board of Mary Kay Holding Corporation, the parent of the Mary Kay Inc. operating company. He returned as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Mary Kay Inc. in 2001. In April 2006, Richard assumed the title of Executive Chairman.
Richard has distinguished himself as an innovative marketer and financier. In 1968, Richard took the Company public on the O.T.C. market and subsequently listed the Company on the New York Stock Exchange in 1976. In 1985, Richard led a group in the much-publicized leveraged buyout of Mary Kay Cosmetics, Inc., and returned the Company to a privately held, family-owned business.
Richard Rogers is a native Texan. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps and attended North Texas State University. Richard has three grown children and is married to Nancy Rogers, who is an internationally recognized philanthropist.
Affiliations, Activities & Recognition
- Chairman/Mary Kay Holding Corporation, Present
- Co-Founder/Mary Kay Inc., Present
- Received “Marketing Man of the Year” Award, North Texas Chapter of the American Marketing Association, becoming the youngest man to ever receive this award, 1968
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