Jonathan Anderson has found his new chief executive officer at the flagship brand of LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, which took a 46 percent stake in his JW Anderson brand in 2013.
The choice reflects LVMH’s penchant for grooming executives from within — and an industry trend to hiring ceo’s from communications roles.
In a separate statement, Louis Vuitton named Stefano Cantino, a former Prada executive, as senior vice president communication and events, succeeding Galimberti. He will report to Vuitton chairman and chief executive officer Michael Burke.
Galimberti is the latest in a string of female leaders appointed to the helm of LVMH fashion houses in the last two years, including Sylvie Colin for Kenzo, Séverine Merle for Céline and Pascale Lepoivre for Loewe.
The ceo role at London-based JW Anderson has been vacant since the end of last year, when Simon Whitehouse left his post after three years, citing personal reasons.
Whitehouse had kept a decidedly low profile during his tenure, rarely giving interviews, talking about company strategy or commenting publicly about the company.
An exuberant, decisive executive, Galimberti joined Vuitton in 2015, helping shepherd the brand through a growth and modernization phase under Burke and Nicolas Ghesquière, artistic director of women’s collections.
During Galimberti’s tenure, Vuitton also welcomed Virgil Abloh as head of men’s design and Francesca Amfitheatrof as artistic director of watches and jewelry.
As a member of Vuitton’s executive committee, Galimberti had worldwide responsibility for communications and brand development, including media relations, events and digital. She joined Vuitton from Alfred Dunhill, where she was chief marketing officer. She has also held senior roles in communications and brand development at Gucci, L’Oréal, Swarovski and Prada.
Italian by birth, Cantino, who boasts over 20 years’ experience in the luxury industry, has held a range of global brand development positions in retail, communications and marketing at labels including Prada and Alaïa. A political science graduate of the University of Turin, he is well versed in strategic and operational communications.
The executive joined Prada as marketing director in the late Nineties and went on to head up communications and external relations for the brand. From 2014, he was strategic marketing director for Miu Miu, Prada, Car Shoe and Church’s, the position he most recently held.
Born in Northern Ireland in 1984, Jonathan William Anderson is known for his provocative and androgynous designs. He studied men’s wear at the London College of Fashion, graduating in 2005, and launched his JW Anderson fashion label in 2008.
A darling on the London fashion scene, he has done collaborations with Versus, Converse and Uniqlo.
He also has been the creative director of Loewe since 2013, and recently extended his employment contract with the Madrid-based leather goods specialist, according to market sources.