It has been confirmed that Delphine Arnault, the eldest child of LVMH CEO Bernard Arnault, will leave her position as deputy managing director of Dior to become second-in-command at the conglomerate’s flagship brand Louis Vuitton
Her appointment has been welcomed by Vuitton’s chairman and CEO Michael Burke, who told WWD : “I am delighted to work again with Delphine Arnault. I have had the opportunity to appreciate her human qualities and professional skills in the past. Her intimate knowledge of the universe of our high-quality products and her experience at the helm of one of the most prestigious houses in the group are key assets to contribute to the successful development of Louis Vuitton in the world.
The executive position, which is titled ‘diréctrice générale adjointe’, is the largest sign yet that Delphine will succeed her 64-year-old father as chairwoman and CEO of the luxury goods conglomerate when he steps down.
The 38-year-old mother-of-one has been a member of the board at LVMH since 2003 and was previously in charge of business development at John Galliano for a year before moving over to Dior as commercial director in 2001. Whilst at Dior she was among the management team who had to deal with John Galliano’s dismissal after he made anti-Semitic remarks to a couple in a Paris café. She has also acted as a director for brands including Loewe and Céline.