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.Jean-François Palus also headed Kering’s Sport & Lifestyle activities until the exceptional stock dividend was paid out in the form of PUMA SE shares in May 2018. He is a member of the Supervisory Board of PUMA SE, after having served as Chairman of the Supervisory Board until May 2022.
He has been a member of Kering's Board of Directors since 2009. His term of office was renewed by the Combined General Meeting on April 22, 2021 and will expire at the end of the Annual General Meeting called to approve the financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2024.
A French national, Jean-François Palus is a graduate of the HEC business school.