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Thursday, July 9, 2015

Hélène Poulit-Duquesne Named CEO of Boucheron

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Kering has appointed Hélène Poulit-Duquesne chief executive officer of Boucheron, effective September 28. 

The Parisian luxury jewelry brand is owned by Kering, the Paris-based apparel and accessories conglomerate. Poulit-Duquesne will report to Albert Bensoussan, CEO of Kering Luxury - Watches and Jewelry division. Bensoussan is the acting CEO of Boucheron following the April resignation of Pierre Bouissou, who held the position since 2011.

Poulit-Duquesne was previously the International Business and Client Development, director and member of the Executive Committee of Cartier International. The French luxury jeweler is owned by Swiss luxury conglomerate, Richemont.

In her role as CEO of Boucheron, her mission will be to pursue the development of the brand on an international scale and to reinforce its position among the most prestigious high jewelry houses worldwide, Kering said in a statement.

“I am convinced that her expertise in international development along with her extensive knowledge of the jewelry and watchmaking industries will greatly benefit Boucheron in its international reach,” Bensoussan said. 

Poulit-Duquesne, a French national, began her career at LVMH. In 1998, she joined Cartier International, where she gained growing responsibilities in marketing and business development in the watchmaking sector. In 2010, she was named international marketing director and member of the Executive Committee of Cartier (jewelry, watches and accessories). Since June 2014, she has held the position of International Business and Client Development director of Cartier International. She holds a degree from the French business school, ESSEC.

Kering owns brands in the luxury, sport and lifestyle retail categories. They include Gucci, Bottega Veneta, Saint Laurent, Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Brioni, Christopher Kane, McQ, Stella McCartney, Tomas Maier, Sergio Rossi, Dodo, Girard-Perregaux, JeanRichard, Pomellato, Qeelin, Ulysse Nardin, Puma, Volcom, Cobra and Electric. Kering is present in more than 120 countries, generating revenues of  approximately $11 billion in 2014.

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