Byline: Katherine Weisman

PARIS — The Comite Colbert, a luxury goods trade association based here, announced Thursday that Jean-Marc Simon has been named president.
Simon will take over on June 1 from Alain Teitelbaum, who has held the post since 1996.
Simon, 56, is president of the Compagnie Internationale des Wagons-Lits travel group and chairman of the supervisory board of renowned French pastry school and caterer LeNotre, which is a member of the Comite Colbert. Simon is also an administrator of the Comite Colbert. Simon will give up the two latter posts — he will be on a temporary leave of absence from LeNotre — to be completely objective in his new responsibilities.
In this post, Simon will work with Remy Krug, the chairman of the Comite Colbert and managing director of Krug Champagnes. Simon’s role is to bring an outsider’s strategic management view to the tightly knit luxury association. He will work on two specific projects. The first is to encourage and develop French creation, and the second is to reinforce the defense of brands as well as their intellectual and artistic property, particularly within the European community, the Comite Colbert said in a statement.