Delphine Arnault Named No. 2 at Louis Vuitton

The daughter of luxury titan Bernard Arnault has been appointed executive vice president of the brand.

PARIS — Delphine Arnault, the daughter of luxury titan Bernard Arnault and Dior’s deputy managing director since 2008, has been named second-in-command at LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton’s star brand Louis Vuitton.

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Michael Burke, chairman and chief executive officer of Louis Vuitton, said Tuesday that Delphine Arnault had been named executive vice president in charge of all the house’s product-related activities. She will take over the position in early September. This confirms a report in Tuesday’s WWD.

Her title in French, “diréctrice générale adjointe,” is sometimes translated as deputy general manager.

“I am delighted to work again with Delphine Arnault. I have had the opportunity to appreciate her human qualities and professional skills in the past,” said Burke, who worked with the executive when he was worldwide managing director of Christian Dior Couture in Paris.

“Her intimate knowledge of the universe of our high-quality products and her experience at the helm of one of the most prestigious houses in the group are key assets to contribute to the successful development of Louis Vuitton in the world,” Burke said.

Burke has initiated an upscaling drive to secure Vuitton’s brand positioning and leadership.

Since 2003, Arnault has been on the board of LVMH, where her father is chairman and ceo.

A graduate of EDHEC Business School in Lille and the London School of Economics, she started her career at McKinsey & Co., the consulting firm.

Within LVMH, Delphine Arnault was in charge of business development at John Galliano for a year before moving over to Dior as commercial director in 2001. She has served as a director for many other group brands, including Emilio Pucci, Loewe and Céline.