Carol Bernick serves as CEO of Polished Nickel Capital Management, a privately held company that manages diversified investments and owned operating companies in retail and professional sports. Ms. Bernick also serves as Chairman of the Board of Northwestern Memorial Healthcare.
She served as Executive Chairman of Alberto-Culver Company, a $1.6 billion global manufacturer of consumer products including Alberto VO5, TRESemme, Nexxus, Motions, St. Ives, Noxzema, Simple Skin Care, Mrs. Dash and Static Guard -- the latter two brands which she created -- until the company’s May, 2011 acquisition by Unilever, a process which she initiated and directed. Carol became president of Alberto-Culver’s consumer products unit in 1994 and served in that role until elected executive chairman in 2004. In the president’s role, she reenergized the consumer businesses, dramatically increasing the company’s growth rate growth rate while instituting a nationally-recognized cultural overhaul of the company profiled in the June, 2001 Harvard Business Review and as recently as 2014 in Resurgence - The Four Stages of Market-Focused Reinvention [Palgrave MacMillan Trade]. As chairman, in 2006 Carol oversaw the process that separated the then $3.7 billion company’s consumer products business and its Sally Beauty Company into two free-standing public companies and she remained executive chairman of the consumer products company.
Among various community commitments, in addition to Northwestern Memorial Healthcare, a board she has served on for over 17 years, she serves as a vice chair of the Board of Tulane University, a member of the Board of Directors of the Economic Club of Chicago, a member of the Executive Committee of the Global Advisory Board for Northwestern University’s Kellogg Management School and a member of the Women’s Leadership Board of Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and a member of the Women’s Board of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Chicago,. She founded a support group for Prentice Women’s Hospital that has raised millions of dollars to benefit women’s and children’s health. In 2005 she was named National Working Mother of the Year by the Moms in Business Network. Carol holds an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree from Lewis University and has recently been honored by Athena International and Legal Momentum for her role in mentoring and advancing women’s careers and by the Illinois chapter of Children’s Home & Aid with its Love of Children award. Mrs. Bernick has three adult children and four grandchildren.