Laurence Boone

Independent director

Laurence Boone is a graduate of the Faculty of Economics of Paris-X Nanterre University and has a PhD in economics from the London Business School.

She began her career as an analyst at Merrill Lynch Asset Management from 1995 to 1996. She then became a researcher at the Centre d’Études Prospective et d’Informations Internationales (CEPII) (France’s leading institute for research on the international economy) before joining the OECD as an economist in 1998. She successively became Director of Barclays Capital France in 2004 and Managing Director and Chief Economist in 2010. She has been Managing Director, European Economic Research at Bank of America Merrill Lynch since July 2011. 

Author of numerous articles, she taught at the École Polytechnique, ENSAE (the National School of Statistics) and the École Normale Supérieure and is currently an associate professor at the Institut de Sciences politiques of Paris. She is a member of the Circle of Economists and a corresponding member of France’s Council of Economic Analysis. She is a Knight of the Legion of Honour.

Laurence Boone was initially appointed as a director of Kering’s board on 19 May 2010. Her term in office was renewed by the 2014 AGM but she resigned as director following her appointment as an advisor in macroeconomic matters to the Office of the President of the French Republic. She has been reappointed as Director of Kering by the Combined General Meeting on April 29, 2016. Her term of office will expire at the Annual General Meeting called to approve the financial statements for the year ending December 31, 2019.


Sophie L’Hélias

Independent director

Sophie L’Hélias began her career as an M&A attorney in New York and Paris.  She later joined an event-driven hedge fund in New York as Managing Director and founded a strategic corporate governance advisory firm. An expert on governance issues, she co-founded the International Corporate Governance Network (, today’s leading global investor-led governance organization, where she had several roles. Sophie L’Hélias recently founded LeaderXXchange™ in the United States, which collaborates with institutional investors, business leaders and other market participants to promote diversity on corporate boards worldwide. 

Author of the book “Le Retour de l’Actionnaire” (“The Shareholder Comeback”), Ms. L’Hélias has frequently had articles published in Europe, the United States and Canada and is a regular speaker at international business or academic forums on international corporate governance, shareholder activism and board diversity. 
Sophie L’Hélias is an inactive member of the New York and Paris Bars. She holds an MBA from INSEAD, an LLM from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Masters of Laws from the law schools of the University of Pantheon-Sorbonne- Paris I, following law studies at the University of Saarbrücken, Germany.
Sophie L’Helias has been a member of several non-profit and academic boards and a Senior Fellow at economic, strategic or governance think tanks in the United States.


Sapna Sood

Independent director

Sapna Sood has an MBA from IMD Business School, a Graduate Certificate of Change Management from the Australian Graduate School of Management and a Bachelor of Engineering in Chemical Engineering from the University of Sydney. She is currently Senior Vice President, Health and Safety at LafargeHolcim. 

Prior to this she served as the Head of Helium, Asia-Pacific Zone at The Linde Group based in Shanghai, China. Sapna Sood started her career as an Applications Engineer with Fisher Rosemount. In 1997, she joined The Linde Group (formerly known as The BOC Group) under their Graduate Development Programme and subsequently held various senior positions in The Linde Group in Australia, USA, Singapore, Germany and China. Sapna Sood joined the Lafarge Group in 2013 as Senior Vice President of Health and Safety and with the merger of Lafarge and Holcim took on the same responsibility for the new group in July, 2015. Sapna Sood is also the Chair of the WBSCDs – Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI) Health and Safety Taskforce.


Sophie Bouchillou

Director representing employees

HR Project coordinator , Kering

Sophie Bouchillou  was elected as a Director for a term of 4 years by Kering’s Works Council on July 10, 2014 in accordance with  Article 10 of the Articles of Association of Kering.


Daniela Riccardi

Independent Director

Italian Daniela Riccardi has been Baccarat's CEO since June 2013. She was formerly CEO of the international Lifestyle brand Diesel. Prior to Diesel, Daniela served 25 years at the Procter & Gamble group, in various senior management roles including Vice President for Colombia, Mexico and Venezuela, Vice President and General Manager for Eastern Europe and Russia, and President of Procter & Gamble for China. Daniela Riccardi holds a degree in Political Science and International Relations from the University of Rome – La Sapienza (Italy). She speaks fluent French, English, Spanish and Italian.

She has been a Director of Kering since May 6, 2014. Her term of office will expire at the Annual General Meeting called to approve the financial statements for the year ending December 31, 2017


Baudouin Prot


After graduating from the French business school HEC in 1972 and from ENA in 1976, Baudouin Prot joined the French Ministry of Finance where he stayed for four years. He then became Deputy Director of Energy and Raw Materials at the French Ministry of Industry for three years.

Mr. Prot joined BNP in 1983 as Deputy Director of Banque Nationale de Paris Intercontinentale and became Director in Europe in 1985. In 1987, he joined the Central Networks Department, was promoted to Central Director in 1990, and became Deputy Chief Executive Officer of BNP in charge of operations in 1992. Mr. Prot was appointed CEO of BNP in 1996. In 2000, he was appointed Director and Deputy CEO of BNP Paribas, to become CEO of the bank in 2003. From December 2011 to December 2014, he served as nonexecutive Chairman of BNP Paribas.

Baudouin Prot has been a Director of Kering since May 19, 2005, after having served as a member of the Supervisory Board (from March 11, 1998 to May 19, 2005). His term of office was renewed by the Combined General Meeting on June 18, 2013 and will expire at the Annual General Meeting called to approve the financial statements for the year ending December 31, 2016.

Mr. Prot is a Knight of the Legion of Honor and officer of the National Order of Merit.


Jean-Pierre Denis

Independent Director

Jean-Pierre Denis graduated from the French business school HEC and ENA. He was Deputy General Secretary of the Cabinet of French President Jacques Chirac from 1995 to 1997.

Mr. Denis was appointed advisor to the Chairman of CGE (renamed Vivendi) from 1997 to 1999. Mr. Denis was Chairman of Dalkia (now part of Veolia Environnement) from 1999 to 2003, and a member of the Executive Board of Vivendi Environnement, (now Veolia Environnement) from 2000-2003. He then became Chairman and CEO of the Oseo Group from 2005 to 2007, and is currently Chairman of Credit Mutuel de Bretagne and Credit Mutuel Arkea.

Jean-Pierre Denis has been a Director of Kering since June 9, 2008. His term of office was renewed by the Combined General Meeting on April 29, 2016 and will expire at the Annual General Meeting called to approve the financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2019. 



Yseulys Costes

Independent Director

Yseulys Costes holds a Master’s degree in Management Sciences from Paris I-Panthéon University, a postgraduate degree in marketing and strategy from Paris IX-Dauphine University and an MBA from Robert O. Anderson School (USA).

Author of a number of works and articles on the topics of online marketing and databases, she was also the coordinator of IAB France (Interactive Advertising Bureau) for two years before founding in February 2000, of which she is now the Chair and Chief Executive Officer. The 1000mercis group, present in Paris and in London, and listed on the Alternext market of NYSE Euronext Paris since January 2006, offers innovative solutions to companies seeking to optimise their advertising and marketing campaigns on interactive media (Internet, mobile phones, etc.). The 1000mercis group currently has 300 employees and posted consolidated revenues of €45.2 million in 2014.

A researcher in interactive marketing, Yseulys Costes was received as a guest researcher at Harvard Business School and is a lecturer in interactive marketing at several prestigious French higher education establishments (HEC, ESSEC, Paris IX-Dauphine University).

Yseulys Costes has been a Director of Kering since May 19, 2010. Her term of office was renewed by the Combined General Meeting on May 6, 2014 and will expire at the Annual General Meeting called to approve the financial statements for the year ending December 31, 2017.


Patricia Barbizet

Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors

Patricia Barbizet is CEO of Artémis, the investment company of the Pinault family. Artémis is the controlling shareholder of Kering (previously PPR), a world leader in apparel and accessories in Luxury and Sport & Lifestyle. Other notable strategic assets of the Group include Christie’s, the world’s leading auction house, the exclusive Grand Vin of Château Latour, media and publishing companies, an investment fund in Vietnam and various other financial assets.
Patricia is CEO and chairwoman of Christie’s International, and vice-chairwoman of the board of directors of Kering. She also serves on the boards of Total and PSA Peugeot Citroën.

She started her career as international treasurer in Renault Véhicules Industriels, and then as CFO of Renault Crédit International. In 1989, she joined the Groupe Pinault as CFO. She contributed to create Artemis in 1992. Since then, she has been chief executive officer of Artémis, where she manages the whole portfolio of the Group. She was appointed CEO of Christie’s International at the end of 2014. 

Patricia served as a qualified independent member on the boards of Air France-KLM and Groupe Bouygues, as well as chairwoman of the Fonds Stratégique d’Investissement Investment Committee until 2013.

She graduated from ESCP-Europe Business School in 1976.


Jean-François Palus

Group managing director, Kering

Member of Kering’s executive committee and board of directors

Group managing director since 2008, Jean-François Palus supports CEO, François-Henri Pinault, in overseeing all of Kering’s operational and financial activity. 
After being responsible for managing Kering’s mergers and acquisitions, Mr Palus served as CFO from 2005 to 2008, when he was appointed to his current role. He joined the Kering board in 2009 and has been chairman of the Administrative Board of PUMA SE since December 2012. 
Before joining the Artemis Group in 2001, Mr Palus spent ten years with Pinault-Printemps-Redoute (now Kering), where he held positions including deputy CFO for the timber division of Pinault SA and Group financial control director. 
A French national, he began his career with Arthur Andersen as an auditor and financial adviser after graduating from the HEC business school.