PARIS — LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton did the corporate shuffle again Friday, naming new chief executives for its Christian Lacroix and Kenzo fashion houses.
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Francois Steiner, chief executive officer at LVMH-owned Thomas Pink, was named president and chief executive officer of Kenzo, confirming a report in these columns Wednesday. He starts Monday, succeeding Vincent Huguenin, who exits the group after 14 months in the post.
At Lacroix, Geoffroy de La Bourdonnaye will succeed Jean Pierre Debu, who is retiring early next year. Debu, who’s been at the helm of Lacroix since May 2000, had been a member of Kenzo’s management team for eight years prior to that.
De La Bourdonnaye will join LVMH after 11 years at Euro Disney, most recently as vice president and managing director of its merchandise and retail division. Before that, he worked in marketing and sales for food and fragrance firms.
Steiner has been with LVMH since 1997, joining as European president of Louis Vuitton after stints at airport retailer Saresco and consulting firms Arthur Andersen and Boston Consulting Group. After a brief stint as head of LVMH’s fashion group in Europe, he was named ceo of Thomas Pink in July 2001.
At Kenzo, Steiner is charged with expanding its fashion business, working with its new women’s wear designer, Italian Antonio Marras, who shows his first Kenzo collection in March, during Paris fashion week.
Steiner’s successor at Thomas Pink has yet to be named.
The appointments came only days after LVMH said Jeffry M. Aronsson, ceo of Marc Jacobs International, would become head of Donna Karan International, succeeding Fred Wilson, who is becoming president and chief executive of Saks Fifth Avenue. Aronsson’s successor at Jacobs has yet to be named.