Pierre-Yves Roussel is chairman and chief executive officer of the fashion group at LVMH, which comprises many of the luxury conglomerate’s fashion brands, including Céline, Givenchy, Kenzo, Loewe, Marc Jacobs , and Pucci.
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.
Since taking on the role of chief executive officer of the LVMH Fashion Group in 2006, Mr Roussel has successfully revived and repositioned several fashion houses by hiring creative talent to inject new energy into sometimes sleepy brands standing on the periphery of the LVMH ecosystem.
Notably, Roussel has overseen the installation of Pheobe Philo at Céline, the appointment of Carol Lim and Humberto Leon as co-creative directors of Kenzo, and the hiring of Jonathan Anderson at the creative helm of Loewe.
Mr Roussel has been a jury member for the prestigious ANDAM prize and has acted as a business mentor to the contest’s winners.