SAUJET TO MARIONNAUD

Byline: Brid Costello

PARIS — Parfumeries Marionnaud has expansion on its mind and has enlisted some high-profile help.
Claude Saujet, president of Parfums Hanae Mori, is to take on the title of international director of Marionnaud, France’s largest perfumery chain. He will report directly to Marionnaud’s president, Marcel Frydman, starting next month.
In the newly created post Saujet will be responsible for managing operations, acquisitions and creating new stores worldwide, with the exception of France.
“Marionnaud’s business outside France is growing faster and faster,” said Saujet. ” Marionnaud now has to have a structure to study development and management in new markets and also in places where Marionnaud is already present.”
The Marionnaud group now has 474 doors in France, 108 doors in Switzerland, 50 doors in Austria and 35 doors in Italy. Sales for the group reached $645.5 million for 2000, up 11.5 percent over the previous year.
Saujet will remain president and chief executive officer of Paris-based holdings company Compagnie Internationale du Luxe when he takes up the new position. He will, however, be relinquishing his title as president of Parfums Hanae Mori. A replacement has not been named.
Saujet, 55, is a seasoned player in the luxury industry. He joined Sanofi in 1975 and was the first to head its Parfums Van Cleef division. In 1980, he became chairman of Cartier’s U.S. subsidiary and later served as president of Harry Winston for five years. In 1990, he returned to Sanofi as chairman and chief executive officer of Sanofi Beaute SA and oversaw the integration of Parfums Yves Saint Laurent.