With over 25 years of experience in international retail and luxury for companies including LVMH and Ralph Lauren , Daniel Lalonde joined SMCP (Sandro, Maje, Claudie Pierlot) as chief executive in 2014. He has since overseen the company’s global expansion and its $2 billion IPO in October 2017.
Lalonde began his career as working at a management consultancy in Paris. He then became managing director of Häagen-Dazs Europe's retail-store division, soon rising the ranks to become president and chief executive of Nespresso North America and then chief operating officer of Nespresso globally. In 2002, he became president and chief executive of LVMH watches and jewellery in North America, turning Tag Heuer into the number-two luxury watch brand in the region. Lalonde then served as president and chief executive of Louis Vuitton North America until 2010, when he became chief executive of Möet-Chandon and Dom Perignon worldwide. In 2012 he joined Ralph Lauren as president, but departed to join SMCP as chief executive in 2014.
Under his leadership, SMCP went public at a $2.5 billion valuation and expanded globally, with 1,332 stores and sales of €912.4 million in 2017.
Lalonde holds an MBA from INSEAD, where he currently serves on the board of directors and has received a bachelor’s of mathematics from the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada. He has lectured at Harvard Business School and Columbia University.
He lives in Paris with his wife and three children.