PARIS – Kering has named Ginevra Elkann, the granddaughter of Italian industrialist Gianni Agnelli, to its board of directors to replace Laurence Boone, who resigned following her appointment in June as the OECD’s chief economist.
The board unanimously nominated Elkann, whose appointment as an independent director will be submitted to shareholders for approval at the French luxury group’s next annual general meeting on April 24.
The London-born Italian film producer is president of two film production and distribution companies, Asmara Films and Good Films, in addition to heading the Pinacoteca Giovanni & Marella Agnelli in Turin, Italy.
The sister of John Elkann, chairman of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, and Lapo Elkann, the founder of the Italia Independent lifestyle and clothing brand, Ginevra Elkann is a director of Exor, the holding company controlled by the Agnelli family.
She is also a member of the advisory board at Christie’s, the auction house owned by Groupe Artémis, the investment arm of the Pinault family which controls Kering. A graduate of the American University of Paris and the London Film School, Ginevra Elkann has lived in the United Kingdom, France and Brazil.
“I am delighted that we will soon be welcoming Ginevra Elkann to our board of directors. Her international career and her cultural openness will be significant and complementary assets, enriching the activities of our board of directors,” François-Henri Pinault, chairman and chief executive officer of Kering, said in a statement.
Kering has established close ties to the world of cinema through its sponsorship of the Cannes Film Festival and its Women in Motion program, which aims to shed light on women’s contribution to film and share their recommendations for greater representation within the sector through talks open to media and film professionals.