Kering has named former Unilever executive Grita Loebsack as chief executive officer of its Luxury - Couture & Leather Goods emerging brands division. Loebsack, previously executive vice president of global skin care at Unilever will join the luxury conglomerate on September 14.
In a statement, Kering said that her role will be to “advise the brands on their strategic and operational issues," as well as to help “implement best practice and reinforce the culture of excellence” across the Group’s luxury activities.
Loebsack will report directly to François-Henri Pinault, chairman and CEO of Kering, and will be part of the Group’s executive committee. The CEOs of Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Brioni, Christopher Kane, Stella McCartney and Tomas Maier will report to her.
Kering’s Luxury - Couture & Leather Goods division also includes Gucci, Bottega Veneta and Saint Laurent, which will remain under Pinault’s direct supervision, Kering confirmed.
Commenting on the appointment, Pinault, said: “I am delighted to welcome Grita Loebsack to this role. I am convinced that her strong, international background will allow us to further develop the brands under her supervision, while identifying and achieving value-creation synergies.”