Thursday, 20 May 2010

Luxury News In Brief - 20/5/10

Three women have been approved to the Pinault Printemps Redoute Group board, under the direction of CEO François-Henri Pinault. The luxury industry already features a strong array of women heading up global brands such as Isabelle Guichot, the CEO of Balenciaga and Maureen Chiquet as the global CEO for Chanel.

We gratefully acknowledge François-Henri Pinault’s leadership in creating gender equality, but what is refreshing is his decision was based on the merit and valuable expertise of each nominee. Click here to read more at WWD.

As three new women join the board at PPR, its subsidiary Gucci, will see its America Inc president Daniella Vitale, leave the company at the end of May. Vitale has been with Gucci since 1999, and describes of her experience; “I am proud of what we have accomplished in the Americas, particularly during such turbulent times.”

Comité Colbert, France’s key luxury goods association will turn their focus towards the Middle East in 2010, moving away from a strong focus in China over the last year. Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and the United States Emirates will be the main targets for Comité Colbert’s international events.

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