Currently second-in-command at Louis Vuitton, where she oversees the brand’s product division, Arnault, 43, is the youngest member of the board of 12, which includes Louis Vuitton chief executive officer Michael Burke, Christian Dior Couture ceo Pietro Beccari and Sidney Toledano, chairman and ceo of LVMH Fashion Group.
Alongside Chantal Gaemperle, director of human resources at LVMH, Arnault is the second woman on the board.
“I’m delighted to have Delphine join us on the executive committee of the group. Her arrival increases the number of women on the committee and at the same time makes it more youthful,” Bernard Arnault said in a statement. Delphine Arnault is the eldest of his five children and only daughter.
“Delphine has been instrumental in driving the exceptional success of Louis Vuitton with her universally recognized product expertise. Coupled with her in-depth knowledge of designers and creative talents, particularly among younger generations, she brings invaluable assets to LVMH,” he added.
Delphine Arnault, who studied at EDHEC Business School and the London School of Economics, started her career as a consultant at McKinsey.
Her first experience in fashion came in 2000 at the John Galliano brand, where she oversaw business development. In 2001, she joined LVMH brand Dior, starting out as commercial director before moving on to become deputy executive director, where she worked alongside Toledano when he was the brand’s ceo. She has been second-in-command at Louis Vuitton since 2013 and was named administrator at LVMH in 2003.
Arnault is best known for her talent scouting. In 2013, she instigated the LVMH Prize, now in its sixth edition, throwing the spotlight on talents such as Marine Serre, Grace Wales Bonner and Marques’Almeida.
She married Xavier Niel, French businessman and founder of telecommunications company Free, in 2012.
Three of her siblings are active in LVMH-owned brands: Antoine Arnault, ceo of Berluti; Alexandre Arnault, ceo of Rimowa, and Frédéric Arnault, digital and strategy director at Tag Heuer.