PARIS — Concetta Lanciaux, a longtime pillar of LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton’s human resources department and one of the most powerful recruiters in fashion, is leaving the company and setting up a new strategic consultancy, effective in March.

LVMH revealed the changing of the guard Monday and trumpeted the arrival of her successor, Chantal Gaemperlé, who joins LVMH as director of human resources from Nestlé.

Gaemperlé will also become a member of LVMH’s executive committee. Prior to Nestlé, where she has been head of corporate management development and sourcing since 2001, Gaemperlé was h.r. director for Merrill Lynch in Switzerland.

A graduate of the University of Lausanne, Gaemperlé, 44, started her career at Philip Morris.

In a statement, LVMH chairman and chief executive officer Bernard Arnault said Gaemperlé would “bring a great deal of talent, energy and experience” to LVMH.

Arnault also lauded Lanciaux “for the exceptional quality of her work over the past 20 years, and [I] wish her every success with her new enterprise.”

Lanciaux has yet to detail her intentions with her consulting firm, but it will count Groupe Arnault as a client.

While her presence at a fashion show in New York, London, Milan or Paris typically set rumors flying and aspirations soaring, Lanciaux also worked quietly behind the scenes of the industry as a key adviser to Arnault and as LVMH’s executive vice president of synergies.

A native of the Puglia region, the heel of Italy’s boot, Lanciaux was named the French group’s special delegate for Italy in 2001. She also orchestrated internal communications and was the founder and head of LVMH House, the luxury group’s internal university.

Over the years, she was involved in such key designer appointments as Michael Kors at Celine and Antonio Marras at Kenzo and such executive hires as Sidney Toledano at Christian Dior and Yves Carcelle at Louis Vuitton.

Before being hired by Arnault in 1995, Lanciaux was director of organizational development at computer firm Intel. She holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from Carnegie Mellon University and an executive M.B.A. from its school of industrial administration.

This story first appeared in the January 9, 2007 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

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