PARIS — PPR has appointed Marie-Claire Daveu as chief sustainability officer and head of international institutional affairs, as Jochen Zeitz prepares to give up his operational duties within the French retail-to-luxury group.


Daveu, 41, was principal private secretary to the French minister of ecology, sustainable development, transport and housing until March 2012. Her previous posts include head of sustainable development for the Sanofi-Aventis group.


She will join the PPR executive committee and report to chairman and chief executive officer François-Henri Pinault. Her primary role will be to pursue the implementation of PPR’s sustainable development initiatives and to implement the group’s institutional affairs on a global scale.


Zeitz, the former ceo of German sporting goods maker Puma, was named a director of PPR and chairman of the board’s sustainable development committee in March. He will also take part in a sustainability advisory group bringing together outside specialists and in-house experts.



As announced in March, the sport and lifestyle division will report directly to PPR group managing director Jean-François Palus as of October. Todd Hymel will take on the position of chief operating officer.