Pierre-Yves Roussel Michael Hemy for BoF

Pierre-Yves Roussel

Chairman & Chief Executive, LVMH Fashion Group

Head of LVMH Fashion Group, he was behind the reinventions of Céline and Kenzo, and placed Jonathan Anderson at the helm of Loewe.

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Pierre-Yves Roussel is chairman and chief executive officer of the fashion group at LVMH, a group that comprises many of the luxury conglomerate’s fashion brands, including Céline, Givenchy, Kenzo, Loewe, Marc Jacobs, and Pucci.

Since taking on the role in 2006, Mr Roussel has successfully revived and repositioned several of these brands by hiring new creative talents to inject new energy into sometimes sleepy brands that were on the periphery of the LVMH ecosystem.

Notably, Roussel has overseen the installation of Pheobe Philo at Céline, and the appointment of Carol Lim and Humberto Leon as co-creative directors of Kenzo. More recently, together with Delphine Arnault, he has spearheaded investments in rising young British brands J.W. Anderson and Nicholas Kirkwood.

Despite his early ambition to become an architect, Roussel obtained an MBA from Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania before working as an analyst for CCF bank. He subsequently joined McKinsey & Company, the elite management consulting firm, where he was elected partner in 1998 and director in 2004.

Mr Roussel first joined LVMH as executive vice president of strategy and operations in 2004. He has been a jury member for the prestigious ANDAM prize and has acted as a business mentor to the contest’s winners.

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