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Debra Presbrey

78 Hampton Place, Freeport, NY 11520 | (H) 516-527-9379 |

Professional Summary

With over 30 years of experience in development and indirect procurement of retail displays, my strengths span the disciplines of strategic negotiating, brand development & manufacturing and budget financing.  My passion for people and innovation for the work has given me industry-wide recognition as an indispensable partner.


  • A real understanding of retail displays and fixtures and how they are made.
  • Exceptional ability in developing effective relationships with vendors.
  • Extensive knowledge of materials and processes, including all board substrates, all plastic [recycled and recyclable], metal/wire and wood, printing [offset & digital], silk-screening, hot-stamping and die-cutting.
  • Varied background in permanent and temporary display for beauty and other industries.
  • Adept at project management troubleshooting and overall project cadence.
  • Strong training and mentoring skills.


L’Oréal USA – New York, NY

AVP Retail Design & Operations                                                                                    06/2014 to 03/2020

Director Promotional Purchasing                                                                                  01/2008 to 06/2014

Manager Promotional Purchasing                                                                                01/2005 to 01/2008

  • Directly responsible for $10MM in display purchases for all categories within Lancôme US annually.
  • Managed roll-out of Lancôme’s New Makeup Full Line Unit for all retailers.
  • Worked with suppliers in China for seamless execution of display production.
  • Project Manager for Lancôme Makeup and Skincare retailer specific updates for Sephora including development and purchasing of templates and print.
  • Ensured timelines and budgets for all display/print purchases for Marketing within Lancôme US.
  • Collaborated with the Creative and Marketing teams on developing displays for launches of new products.
  • Strategized with suppliers to value engineer and reduce costs without compromise to the brand.
  • Worked with suppliers on new technology and eco-friendly materials.
  • Sourced and vetted new vendors to fulfill the organization's supply needs with quality materials.
  • Implemented an RFP for Lancôme Makeup Full Line Units.
  • Handled all purchase orders from creation to invoice payment.
  • Managed a team of 2 direct reports.


Revlon, Inc. – New York, NY

Purchasing Manager                                           06/2002 to 01/2005

  • Responsible for purchasing all components pertaining to the Revlon/Almay Mass Merchandising Wall Systems (HER Wall), in excess of $25MM annually.
  • Managed inventory control for the entire Merchandising Wall System throughout the country.
  • Created and managed all purchasing and invoice records.
  • Worked with Creative and Marketing Departments to implement feasibility and construction of new programs related to the Wall Systems.
  • Implemented an RFP for price reductions with vendors.
  • Developed new vendor relations.
  • Set up and coordinated shipping schedules.
  • Set up quality standards for each program.

Toymax Inc. – Plainview, NY

Operations Administrator                                    01/1997 to 03/2002

  • Worked directly with the VP of Operations, analyzing forecasts, production schedules and nationwide sales orders.
  • Maintained overseas production schedules for all domestic sales allocations.
  • Responsible for all payment authorizations to domestic and offshore vendors.
  • Looked for new vendors and estimated new programs.

Purchasing Manager                                                                                                      09/1993 to 01/1997

  • Oversaw all domestic buying.  Areas included injection molding, acrylic fabrication, extruded plastics, sheet metal and wire construction, corrugated and litho-mounted chip board.
  • As Expeditor, coordinated and scheduled delivery appointments for all components.
  • Communicated daily with vendors to track arriving materials.
  • Special assignments included data collection, mathematical computation and requirement analysis.


Ultimate Display Industries, Inc. – Jamaica, NY

Purchasing Manager                                           03/1989 to 09/1993

  • Responsible for all material purchases in the areas of printing, corrugated, metals, acrylics, styrene and all hardware.
  • Established quarterly briefs on material inventory versus sell price of units.
  • Internal expedition of project components, cost analysis and account inventory.
  • Cut material and other costs 10% through scheduling of material purchases to match work flow and due dates, sourced more cost-effective suppliers and expedited incoming materials.
  • Firmed company's relationships as liaison between vendor and clients.
  • Principal estimator of purchased materials in excess of $5MM annually.


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