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Renaud de Lesquen to Head Up Dior China

The former L’Oréal executive will join LVMH next month.

PARIS — Renaud de Lesquen will next month join LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton and take over the post of president of Dior China in the beginning of May.

This confirms a report published in WWD on Jan. 23.

In his job at Dior, de Lesquen is to oversee countrywide all of the brand’s activities, including fashion and cosmetics. He succeeds Patrick Lee, who left Dior last summer to join Michael Kors China as chairman and chief executive officer.

De Lesquen resigned from his post at L’Oréal as president of Yves Saint Laurent and designer brands, which include Viktor & Rolf, Stella McCartney, Maison Martin Margiela, Diesel and Cacharel.

He began that job at the end of 2009, after being given the responsibility of heading up YSL Beauté in 2008, the year L’Oréal acquired the business from PPR. Prior to that, starting in 2004, de Lesquen was international brand president of Giorgio Armani Parfums and Cosmetics, and he held the post of managing director of Helena Rubinstein in Japan.

No replacement has been named for de Lesquen at L’Oréal.

He was a long-standing force at L’Oréal’s Luxury division. Under de Lesquen’s guidance, YSL, for instance, was a powerhouse. Among many notable moves for the brand, de Lesquen signed such high-profile faces as Kate Moss and Vincent Cassel.

Dior’s beauty business falls under the perfumes and cosmetics division at LVMH. The Dior fashion house is part of Christian Dior SA, the holding company for LVMH.