Robert Guttman is a lawyer, business executive, educator, and strategic adviser with over 40 years of professional experience. He has served as general counsel to three public companies, most recently as SVP, General Counsel & Secretary of Ulta Beauty where he took the company public in 2007 and was instrumental in working with its Board and management teams to develop and refine the company’s high growth algorithm. While at Ulta, Robert was a member of its Executive Committee and had responsibility for all legal and regulatory affairs, also serving as head of Human Resources; in addition, he had oversight for the company’s Internal Audit, Loss Prevention, and Procurement functions at various times. During his tenure with Ulta, he was a member of the Legal Advisory Board for World Business Chicago.
Robert is the father of three adult children, all of whom attended Chicago Public Schools (as did he). He holds a BA in Philosophy from the University of Illinois-Chicago, and a JD from The John Marshall Law School, and is currently an adjunct instructor at the Santa Barbara City College.