PARIS – Tapping its management reserves at Louis Vuitton in aid of a fast-growing brand, LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton named Bertrand Stalla-Bourdillon chairman and chief executive officer of Marc Jacobs International.
Stalla-Bourdillon, a 20-year veteran of the French luxury giant, is currently general manager of finance and administration at Louis Vuitton. He will step down from that role in September, but continue on as ceo of Berluti, a maker of high-end men’s footwear and leather goods.
LVMH said Stalla-Bourdillon – an affable, upbeat executive with a passion for product and brand lore – would work closely with the designer and Jacobs president Robert Duffy to develop the business worldwide.
“The company has grown so much that they need someone dedicated,” said Vuitton chairman Yves Carcelle, reached Tuesday evening in Tokyo, where Jacobs was receiving an award from the Fashion Editors Club in Japan.
“(Stalla-Bourdillon) will be very dedicated to the future of Marc Jacobs.” Carcelle noted he would name Stalla-Bourdillon’s successor at Vuitton shortly.
A graduate of engineering and business administration from top French school HEC, Stalla-Bourdillon started his career at IBM and joined LVMH in 1986, assuming increasing responsibilities for brands including Loewe and Vuitton. He has headed fast-growing Berluti since 1995.
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