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Stéphane Bianchi replaces Toni Belloni at LVMH


Paris, 21 March 2024

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In a move signaling a new era for the luxury giant LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, significant changes have been announced that shape the future of the company’s leadership.

Toni Belloni, a longtime loyal lieutenant of Bernard Arnault, is stepping down from his role as deputy CEO and chairman of the executive committee.

After over two decades of distinguished service, Belloni passes the baton to Stéphane Bianchi, marking a major strategic transition within the conglomerate.

Bianchi’s rapid rise since joining LVMH in 2018 has seen him take the reins of several iconic brands, including the prestigious watches and jewelry division of the group.

His new appointment as chairman of the executive committee and overseer of strategic operations alongside Arnault reflects the confidence placed in his vision and ability to steer LVMH toward new horizons.

These changes come as Bernard Arnault, having recently celebrated his 75th birthday, fine-tunes his succession plan.

In a strategic move, the group has proposed adding his sons Alexandre and Frédéric Arnault to the board of directors.

This move, seen as a consolidation of family control over the leadership, follows the successful appointment of Michael Burke as head of the LVMH Fashion Group.

It’s not just within the Arnault family that winds of change are blowing; Wei Sun Christianson, a Sino-American lawyer with an impressive track record in the financial sector, is rumored to join the board of directors.

With specific expertise in the Chinese market, her appointment could strengthen LVMH’s position in one of the world’s most dynamic economies.

The announcement of the appointments will be subject to approval at the annual general meeting scheduled for April 18.

These changes not only illustrate the succession dynamics within LVMH but also underscore the strategic importance of China for the group’s future.

Belloni, who is stepping down to devote more time to his family, leaves behind a legacy of growth and innovation.

He is recognized for shaping the strategy that propelled LVMH to new heights, including the acquisition of Tiffany & Co.

However, he will continue to advise Arnault as chairman of LVMH Italy.

As for Bianchi, former CEO of the Yves Rocher Group and with remarkable experience in the entrepreneurial and family culture of the LVMH group, his appointment reflects Arnault’s desire to blend tradition and innovation in preparing the ground for the future.

LVMH is thus gearing up to navigate a future where digital innovation and rapidly evolving markets will define the luxury landscape.

With these changes, the company appears well-equipped to face these challenges while remaining true to its longstanding values and heritage of timeless luxury.

Photo credits: LVMH

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