June 16, 2020 at 08:31PM
Actress and sustainability advocate Emma Watson has joined the board of Kering, the French luxury group with designer brands like Gucci, Saint Laurent and Balenciaga under its umbrella.
Announced in an online presentation of the group’s annual general meeting on Tuesday, Kering also confirmed that Watson would chair the board’s sustainability committee, which is focused on environmental matters.
Watson has long been a supporter of sustainable fashion, championing eco-conscious designers and brands both on the red carper and off. She is also a supporter of Good On You, a mobile app that allows consumers to check the sustainability credentials of clothing brands.
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Kering is proud to announce that Emma Watson is joining its Board of Directors, alongside Jean Liu and Tidjane Thiam. Their appointments have been approved by Kering’s shareholders during the Group’s Annual General Meeting, as proposed by the Board of Directors in March 2020. Emma Watson has also been appointed Chair of the Sustainability Committee of the Board of Directors. The combined wealth of experience and skillsets of these three well-known figures will be complementary assets to the Group, enhancing the quality of the work done by the Board of Directors. The latter will benefit from their contribution in defining the Group’s strategic orientations. “I am delighted to welcome Jean Liu, Tidjane Thiam and Emma Watson to our Board of Directors. Their respective knowledge and competence, the multiplicity of their backgrounds and perspectives will be invaluable additions to the reflections of Kering’s Board of Directors. The collective intelligence that comes from the diversity of point of views and the richness brought by different experiences are crucial to the future of our organization, and I am proud to add such impressive talents to the team.” François-Henri Pinault, Chairman and CEO of Kering. Click on the link in bio for more info. Photo by Carter Bowman @emmawatson
“When fashion truly embraces transparency and sustainability, other spheres will follow,” Watson has said, and has long focused on shaping conversations about the fashion industry around issues of conscious consumption, ethical practices and environmental impact.
In addition to Watson, who will be a non-independent board member, Kering also announced two new independent board members—Jean Liu (President of DiDi Chuxing, a Chinese transport company) and Tidjane Thiam (former CEO of Credit Suisse Group).
“Their respective knowledge and competences, and the multiplicity of their backgrounds and perspectives will be invaluable additions to Kering’s board,” François-Henri Pinault, the group’s chairman and CEO, said in a statement. “The collective intelligence that comes from diverse points of view and the richness of different experiences are crucial to the future of our organization. I am proud to add such impressive talents to the team.”
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