People: Kering SA (PRTP.PA)
11 Dec 2013
Mr. Francois-Henri Pinault has been Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and Member of the Executive Committee of PPR SA since May 19, 2005. He graduated from Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC). He joined the Pinault Group in 1987 and started as a Salesman at the Evreux branch of Pinault Distribution, a subsidiary specialized in the import and distribution of wood. In 1988, he created the company’s purchasing unit, which he managed until September 1989. He was then appointed Managing Director of France Bois Industries, the company comprising the industrial activities of the Pinault Group. He managed the 14 plants of this subsidiary until December 1990, when he returned to Pinault Distribution to become Chairman. In 1993, he was appointed Chairman of CFAO and Member of the Management Board of Pinault Printemps Redoute. Four years later, he was appointed Chairman and Managing Director of Fnac, a position he held until February 2000. He was then appointed Deputy Managing Director of Pinault Printemps Redoute, in charge of developing the group’s Internet activities. In 2000, he became Co-Managing Director of Financiere Pinault. In 2003, he was appointed Chairman of the Artemis Group. In 2005, he was first appointed Chairman of the Management Board on March 21, 2005, and then Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer of PPR SA on May 19, 2005. Prior to that, he was appointed Member of the Supervisory of PPR SA on January 17, 2001 and was then Vice Chairman of the Supervisory Board from May 22, 2003 until March 21, 2005. He occupies various other functions, including Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Gucci Group NV., Chairman of the Board of Sowind Group SA and Artemis SA, and Board Member of Bouygues and Soft Computing.
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