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LVMH Taps Pauline Brown

She will serve as chairman of its North American arm, LVMH Inc.

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LVMH HIRE: LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton has tapped Pauline Brown as chairman of its North American arm, LVMH Inc.

Brown, who will start in the New York-based position on Jan. 2, was an independent investor and adviser to emerging luxury brands for the past two years. Before that, she served as a managing director at The Carlyle Group, working on the private equity firm’s global consumer and retail team. She had previously held such roles as senior vice president of corporate strategy and global business development at Avon Products Inc., and, prior to that, vice president of strategic planning and new business development at the Estée Lauder Cos. Inc. She started her career as a management consultant at Bain & Co.

As a top executive at LVMH Inc., she is expected to represent the group in North America to both the business community and public authorities in the U.S. Her mandate is to also help bring a coherence to the group and regional affiliates of its brands as well as encouraging shared services and LVMH’s overall values and culture. At LVMH, she succeeds Renaud Dutreil, who left the company earlier this year to pursue other interests.