Anthony Chalhoub

Anthony Chalhoub, co-chief executive officer of Chalhoub Group, died Monday in Paris, from cancer, according to a statement. He was 63.

Chalhoub Group, the Middle East’s largest retail operator, is credited with shaping the luxury industry in the region. Anthony joined the company started by his parents, Michel and Widad Chalhoub, in 1975 when it was only 30 employees. Today it is more than 12,000, operating 600 luxury boutiques including Louis Vuitton, Dior, Fendi, Louboutin and more across 14 countries.

Anthony received the Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite, an honor awarded by the French government, and had also been decorated Knight of the Legion d’Honneur for his distinguished humanitarian, economic and cultural achievements. In an e-mailed statement, Patrick Chalhoub, co-ceo of the group, said: “With his humanitarian spirit, honesty, compassion, kindness and his sense of humor, Anthony touched so many hearts. Those who have been fortunate enough to know him have lost a dear friend and an inspiring mentor. Anthony leaves us with great memories and the dreams he kept alive. We will continue to live by his legacy and values.”

A mass is planned in Paris on Thursday at 11 a.m. at Eglise Saint Julien le Pauvre, 79 Rue Galande.

Chalhoub is survived by his children, Aurelia and Michel, his wife, Edith, his brother, Patrick Chalhoub, and parents Michel and Widad Chalhoub.