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Jean-François Palus

President and CEO of Gucci



Jean-François Palus began his career with Arthur Andersen as an Auditor and Financial Adviser. In 1991, he joined the Pinault group (which became PPR and then Kering) as Deputy Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for the timber division. Two years later, he was appointed CFO, before holding management positions at Fnac and Conforama.


After overseeing Kering's mergers and acquisitions, Jean-François Palus became Group CFO in 2005 before becoming Group Managing Director in 2008. In this capacity, he contributes to the development of the Group's strategy, manages its implementation and ensures that the Group's operational efficiency is optimized.


Between 2012 and 2018, Jean-François Palus also headed Kering’s Sport & Lifestyle activities. He is a member of the PUMA SE Supervisory Board, after serving as its Chairman until May 2022. From 2009 to 2023, he also served as a board member of Kering.


In 2023, Jean-François Palus was named President and CEO of Gucci. He is tasked with strengthening Gucci’s teams and operations as the House rebuilds influence and momentum, and readying its leadership and organization for the future.


A French national, Jean-François Palus is a graduate of the HEC business school.