LVMH has appointed Stéphane Rinderknech as Chairman and CEO of its Beauty Division in addition to his current role as head of LVMH Hospitality Excellence. Rinderknech will now also take global responsibility for the company’s beauty roster, with brands including Parfums Christian Dior, Guerlain, LVMH Fragrance Brands (Parfums Givenchy and Kenzo) and Kendo now reporting directly to him.
Rinderknech began his career with the Travel Retail America Division of L’Oréal in 2001. He has held roles of increasing responsibility at L’Oréal in various global markets, including President and CEO of L’Oréal China and then President and CEO of L’Oréal USA in 2019. In 2022, he joined the LVMH Group as Chairman and CEO of LVMH Hospitality Excellence and he is a member of the LVMH Group Executive Committee.
“Stéphane has, since his arrival, guided the rebound of our hotel activities with considerable strategic agility, driving tremendous momentum across the entire organization,” said Bernard Arnault, Chairman and CEO of LVMH in a statement. “This experience in a new industry confirmed his ability to adapt, his leadership and direct engagement with teams. His deep understanding of the beauty industry will help him leverage the unique assets of each of our Maisons.”
Rinderknech’s promotion has precipitated additional reshuffling in the division, including:
- Stéphanie Médioni, Executive President of the Beauty Division, will report to Stéphane and retain her responsibilities for Maisons Acqua di Parma, Benefit Cosmetics, Fresh, Make Up For Ever, Maison Francis Kurkdjian, Loewe Perfumes, Officine Universelle Buly and Stella by Stella McCartney;
- Véronique Courtois, who has headed Guerlain since November 2019, has been named President and CEO of Parfums Christian Dior;
- Gabrielle Saint-Genis Rodriguez, who has headed Make Up For Ever since June 2019, will succeed Courtois as President and CEO of Guerlain;
- Charles-Henri Levaillant, who has been Digital and Client Development Director at Louis Vuitton since December 2020, will succeed Saint-Genis Rodriguez as President and CEO of Make Up For Ever; and
- Claude Martinez is stepping down from his responsibilities for the Beauty Division to take on the role of President and CEO of GAIA, the LVMH Group Research and Innovation Center, serving as an advisor to Arnault on topics related to innovation.