PARIS -- Jean-Michel Paulhac has left as president of Guerlain SA, confirming a report in these columns May 6 that his days at the company could be drawing to a close.

A Guerlain spokesman confirmed the departure on Thursday night, but provided no further information or reasons for the move. The company has not named a replacement for Paulhac, the spokesman said.

As reported, it was widely speculated that Paulhac might leave Guerlain following the acquisition of the fragrance firm in early May by LVMH Moet Hennessey Louis Vuitton.

At the time, Guerlain spokesmen repeatedly said that this was "just rumor" and that only Guerlain shareholders could make the decision to ask Paulhac to leave.

Guerlain had its annual shareholders meeting on Tuesday, but the spokesman would not say whether Paulhac left as a result of any action taken by the board.

Paulhac, who had been president since January 1990, could not be reached for comment Thursday.

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