Biography

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 was Managing Director, European Economic Research at Bank of America Merrill Lynch from July 2011 to June 2014. Between June 2014 and March 2016 she served as special advisor to the French President on multilateral and European economic and financial affairs. Since March 2016, she has been Chief Economist at AXA group, Head of research and investment strategy at AXA Investment Managers, and member of the Management Board of AXA Investment Managers, for whom she is also responsible for developing relations with sovereign entities. 

The author of numerous articles, Laurence 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 member of the French Circle of Economists and a Knight of the Legion of Honour.

Laurence Boone has been a Director of Kering since May 19, 2010. Her term of office was renewed at the 2014 Annual General Meeting but she resigned as on July 15, 2014 following her appointment to the Office of the French President as an advisor in economic and financial affairs. She was reappointed Director of Kering at the Combined General Meeting on April 29, 2016. Her term of office will expire at the end of the Annual General Meeting called to approve the financial statements for the year ending December 31, 2019.

Biography

Sophie L’Hélias

Independent director

An inactive member of the Paris and New York bars, Sophie L’Helias holds an MBA from INSEAD, an LLM degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, a Masters of Law degree from the Paris I Pantheon-Sorbonne University and a degree from the European Law Institute at the University of Saarbrucken in Germany. 

Sophie began her career as an attorney specialised in M&A and stock market law in New York and later in Paris. She also served as Managing Director of an arbitrage fund in New York and founded a corporate governance advisory firm. 
 
An expert on governance issues, she is co-founder of the International Corporate Governance Network (www.icgn.org), the leading international network of institutional investors for corporate governance. She recently founded Leaderxxchange™ in the US which collaborates with institutional investors, business leaders and other market participants to promote diversity on corporate boards.
 
Author of the books “The Shareholder Comeback”, she has frequently had articles published in Europe, the US and Canada, and is a regular speaker at international business or academic forums on Corporate governance.
 
She has been a member of several non-profit and academic Boards in Canada and the US. She is a Senior Fellow at the Conference Board Governance Centre and at the Cardozo Law School in New York and a member of the Global Advisory Board at the Lazardis Institute in Canada.
 
Sophie has been a Director of Kering since April 29, 2016. Her term of office will expire at the end of the Annual General Meeting called to approve the financial statements for the year ending December 31, 2019.

Biography

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 Country CEO Philippines at LafargeHolcim.  Prior to this she served as the Head of Health and Safety for LafargeHolcim based in Paris.   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.

She has been a Director of Kering since 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.

Biography

Sophie Bouchillou

Director representing employees

Sophie Bouchillou is Human Resources Project Coordinator at Kering SA. She joined the Group in 1981 working for Conforama as a sales and administrative agent and subsequently executive sales assistant. From 2001 to 2009, she held the position of executive purchasing assistant at PPR Purchasing. She has been working in the Human Resources Department of Kering SA since 2009.

Following the amendment of the Company’s Articles of Association adopted by the Combined General Meeting on May 6, 2014, which provides for the appointment of a Director representing the employees in accordance with the law of June 14, 2013, Sophie Bouchillou was elected as a Director for a term of four years by the Kering Works Council on July 10, 2014.

Her term of office will expire in July 2018.

Biography

Daniela Riccardi

Independent Director

Daniela Riccardi, an Italian national, is the Chief Executive Officer of Baccarat. She has recognised experience in business development and branding in consumer retail and distribution. She joined Baccarat in May 2013 after having served as Chief Executive Officer of the international lifestyle brand Diesel since 2010. Daniela Riccardi was responsible for the creation and implementation of a strategic plan at Diesel which resulted in greater revenue growth and product exposure through an ambitious distribution policy. Prior to Diesel, Daniela served 25 years at Procter & Gamble in various senior management roles around the world, including Vice-President of P&G Columbia, Mexico and Venezuela. From 2001 and 2004, she was Vice-President and General Manager of P&G Eastern Europe and Russia, based in Moscow. Between 2005 and 2010, she was President of Procter & Gamble in China. She has been a member of the Colbert Committee since June 2015.

Daniela studied political science and international relations at Sapienza University of Rome, in Italy.

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

Biography

Baudouin Prot

Director

After graduating from HEC in 1972 and from ENA in 1976, Baudouin Prot joined the French Ministry of Finance where he spent four years before serving as Deputy Director of Energy and Raw Materials at the French Ministry of Industry for three years. He joined BNP in 1983 as Deputy Director of Banque Nationale de Paris Intercontinentale, before becoming the Director for Europe in 1985. He joined the Central Networks Department in 1987 and was promoted to Central Director in 1990 then Deputy Chief Executive Officer of BNP in charge of networks in 1992. He became Chief Executive Officer of BNP in 1996 and Deputy Chief Executive Officer of BNP Paribas in 1999. In March 2000, he was appointed Director and Deputy Chief Executive Officer of BNP Paribas then Director and Chief Executive Officer of BNP Paribas in May 2003. From December 2011 to December 2014, he served as non-executive Chairman of BNP Paribas. He is an Officer of the National Order of Merit and a Knight of the Legion of Honour.

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 April 27, 2017 and will expire at the end of the Annual General Meeting called to approve the financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2020.

Biography

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. 

 

Biography

Yseulys Costes

Independent Director

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

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 1000mercis.com 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 more than 400 employees and posted consolidated revenues of €56.2 million in 2016.

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 end of the Annual General Meeting called to approve the financial statements for the year ending December 31, 2017.

Biography

Patricia Barbizet

Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors

A graduate of the École Supérieure de Commerce de Paris, Patricia Barbizet began her career with the Renault group as treasurer of Renault Vehicules Industriels then as Chief Financial Officer of Renault Credit International. She joined the Pinault group in 1989 as Chief Financial Officer.

In 1992, she became Chief Executive Officer of Artemis and in 2004 Chief Executive Officer of Financiere Pinault. She is also a Director of Total, Groupe Fnac, and member of the Supervisory Board of Peugeot SA. as well as being the Chair of the Supervisory Board of Ponant Holding since October 2015.

After serving as Chair of the Supervisory Board of PPR (from December 2001 to May 2005) and member of the Supervisory Board of PPR (from December 1992), Patricia Barbizet has been Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of Kering since May 19, 2005.

Her term of office was renewed by the Combined General Meeting on April 27, 2017 and will expire at the end of the Annual General Meeting called to approve the financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2020.

Biography

Jean-François Palus

Group managing director, Kering

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.

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