Ms Kate Morris
Beauty advocate Ms Kate Morris, Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Adorebeauty.com.au, started Australia’s first beauty e-commerce site in 1999 from a garage in Melbourne at the age of 21. Starting with just $12,000 and two little known cosmetic companies on board, Adore Beauty has grown to more than 200 brands, 13,000 products, and annual turnover of $28m.
A university vacation job on the cosmetic counters led Ms Morris to realise that most women found department stores intimidating and unpleasant. Ms Morris was inspired to create a disruptive beauty shopping experience that empowered consumers.
In May 2015, Adore Beauty announced an investment from retail giant Woolworths Limited. Ms Morris was awarded the Business Innovation Award for Victoria at the Telstra Business Women’s Awards in 2014, and was inducted into the Australian Businesswomen’s Network Hall of Fame in 2015.
In 2017 Ms Morris was the first woman to be awarded the Industry Recognition Award for online retail in the nine-year history of the StarTrack ORIAs.
Adore Beauty has also been widely recognised, making the lists for Deloitte’s Tech Fast 50 Australia and Tech Fast 500 Asia-Pacific for the last three years in a row, as well as the SmartCompany Smart50 in 2016.
Ms Morris has a Bachelor of Business in Management from Monash University.
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