PARIS — Didier Grumbach, a founder and the former president of Thierry Mugler, was unanimously elected president of the Chambre Syndicale, French fashion’s governing body, on Friday.
He succeeds Jacques Mouclier, who has run the group for 26 years. Mouclier will continue to have a day-to-day leadership role alongside Grumbach through the end of the year. Then he will retire and become honorary president.
The move was not unexpected. Grumbach was nominated to the post this spring.
“We are very different, but we’ve been working together for a year. We have so many projects under way,” said Grumbach on Friday. For the past year, Grumbach has chaired a committee to explore ways the Chambre can bolster the fashion industry in France. Some ideas are to beef up fashion design and management education, to create a fund to finance fashion startups and young designers and to launch media projects to promote fashion.
The first media initiative, a television program on couture, will be aired by ABC in July.

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