PARIS — LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, adding more muscle to one of its small brands, said Monday that Delphine Arnault would join Emilio Pucci’s board.
WWD first reported on April 23 that Arnault, the 32-year-old daughter of LVMH chairman Bernard Arnault, was headed to a high-level position at the Florentine house.
A member of LVMH’s board since 2003, Arnault is also on the board of Loewe, a Spanish leather goods and fashion house.
LVMH said she would bring her fashion experience and knowledge of international markets to Pucci, which celebrated its 60th anniversary last May at its 14th-century palazzo. Arnault has also worked at John Galliano and the management consultant firm McKinsey & Co. She remains senior vice president of marketing at Christian Dior.
Since LVMH acquired Pucci in 2000, its turnover has grown sixfold, and the brand now has 30 boutiques worldwide. But the company has seen its share of turmoil since the takeover, and switched artistic directors three times. Brit Matthew Williamson will show his fourth collection for Pucci this fall.
Since March, Pucci has had a new general manager, Didier Drouet, who joined the house from the jewelry firm Poiray.
This story first appeared in the July 10, 2007 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.