Katie Rodan was bornon 1955 in San Francisco, California, United States. Dermatologist Rodan co-created acne treatment Proactiv and launched skin-care company Rodan + Fields with longtime business partner Kathy Fields. The pair invented Proactiv in 1990 and licensed the acne medication to infomercial company Guthy-Renker five years later. The duo sold Rodan + Fields to Estée Lauder in 2003 and bought it back in 2007 and switched to a direct selling model. Sales have since skyrocketed, up 60% from 2015 to $1 billion in 2016. In April 2016, they sold their royalties to Proactiv to a joint venture between Guthy-Renker and Nestle, which markets the product.
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In 2015, she was listed by Forbes as one of the 50 most successful self-made women in the United States
In 2008, she was named a top doctor in the East Bay by Oakland Magazine
In 2007, Rodan and Fields bought back the brand from Estée Lauder
In 2006, the company moved to direct sales and multi-level marketing
In 2003, Rodan + Fields was purchased by Estée Lauder
In 1995, they developed Proactiv Solution as a skincare treatment for acne
She completed her internship at Los Angeles County Hospital and in 1987 completed her residency in dermatology at Stanford University School of Medicine, where she was also appointed chief resident
In 1984, Rodan and Kathy Fields met during their dermatology residency at Stanford University School of Medicine