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Kristin Patrick (Claire's) | Being A CMO With A CEO Mindset

May 11, 2022

The CMO Podcast


Kristin Patrick is the EVP and CMO at the youth-oriented, fashion and accessory company Claire's Stores, Inc. The firm goes to market with two brands, Claire’s and Icing, and has about 2,500 stores globally. Claire’s is also, by far, the industry leader in ear-piercing services. With its retail stores and a burgeoning e-commerce and subscription business, Claire’s revenue is about $1.5 billion; the company is owned by Elliott Management Corporation and Monarch Alternative Capital.  Kristin has been CMO at Claire’s for about 14 months. Prior to this role, Kristin spent seven years at PepsiCo, where she was Global Chief Marketing Officer. She's also worked at a host of famous companies—including Gap, Calvin Klein, Revlon and Walt Disney. In this discussion, Jim and Kristin dive into reinventing and reimagining a 50-year-old brand, having a constant feedback loop with consumers, and the importance of being a CMO with a CEO hat. Plus, Kristin talks about how her Gen Z daughter makes her a better marketer. CMOs often hold one of the most innovative and challenging roles in business today. Those who excel can operate at the highest level to drive growth and create value for their organizations. To learn more how Deloitte helps bolster the value CMOs deliver, visit See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at