Today we are talking to Michael Smith, the CIO of Estée Lauder. And we discuss innovation within your brand, How to get the most out of your executive team, and what you can learn from a reverse mentor relationship.

All of this, right here, right now on the Modern CTO Podcast!


Michael Smith is Chief Information Officer at The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. (NYSE:EL). For more than 25 years, Smith held various technology leadership positions, including four years with Mylan NV, a global pharmaceutical company, where he was Global Head of Digital and Innovation and Global Business Services.

He also spent 22 years with Nike, Inc. in multiple brand and technology roles, including Senior Director, Brand Product and Marketplace Solutions and Senior Director, Enterprise Solutions and Technology. Smith is currently a member of multiple advisory boards, including ACCOY Pharmaceuticals, a healthcare company; CausePoint a technology company; and Incture, a software company.

About Estée Lauder

The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. is one of the world’s leading manufacturers and marketers of quality skin care, makeup, fragrance and hair care products. The company’s products are sold in over 150 countries and territories under brand names including: Estée Lauder, Aramis, Clinique, Prescriptives, Lab Series, Origins, Tommy Hilfiger, M·A·C, Kiton, La Mer, Bobbi Brown, Donna Karan New York, DKNY, Aveda, Jo Malone London, Bumble and bumble, Michael Kors, Darphin, Tom Ford, Smashbox, Ermenegildo Zegna, AERIN, Tory Burch, RODIN olio lusso, Le Labo, Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle, GLAMGLOW, By Kilian, BECCA and Too Faced.

Joel Beasley

Joel began writing code at age 13 selling his first technology by age 18 for one million dollars. In his first three transactions, he developed key relationships and began working with Investors and Chief Technology Officers collaborating and building products in Real Estate, Law, Finance, and Fitness.

Today, Joel is a Chief Technologist volgging the process of building a company LeaderBits.io. Joel is an author of the book Modern CTO a #1 New Release on Amazon and a #1 Technology Podcast with 70k active listeners. Joel has a clear vision and passion for modern technology, placing him as one of the most exciting Chief Technology Officers to watch out for.

Joel is the President of BeasleyFoundation.org a charity that designs STEM related children’s books Back to the Moon and Princess Physicist. These books are then donated to orphanages, homeless pregnant woman and in-need children. Beasley Foundation was formed in February 2017 after Joel, Mitch and Valerie lost their Mother to Leukemia after being diagnosed 6 weeks earlier. Joel and his siblings wanted to do something unique with her life insurance money and the Beasley Foundation was formed.

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