The latest in a lineup of female leaders appointed to the helm of LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton fashion houses, Jenny Galimberti, the new chief executive officer of JW Anderson, joins a group that includes Sylvie Colin at Kenzo, Séverine Merle at Céline and Pascale Lepoivre at Loewe.
The Oxford-educated Galimberti has filled the role left vacant by former ceo Simon Whitehouse, and is charged with building the profile of the JW Anderson label, which was founded by the Northern Irish designer Jonathan Anderson in 2008 and has been part-owned by LVMH since 2013.
An energetic executive who radiates warmth, Galimberti will be working alongside Anderson, who is also creative director at the LVMH-owned Loewe. She’ll be developing and implementing strategies to drive growth across all categories, channels and geographies, and take JW Anderson from an edgy London label to a brand that’s recognized worldwide.
Formerly Louis Vuitton’s communications and events director, Galimberti joined the French brand in 2015, helping to shepherd it through a growth and modernization phase under Michael 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. Her appointment at JW Anderson reflects LVMH’s penchant for grooming executives from within — and an industry trend of hiring ceo’s from communications roles.
Galimberti 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.