New Appointments at Gucci Group

by Grant Osborne, 03rd April, 2007

NETHERLANDS: PPR's Gucci Group today announces the appointment of Chantal Roos as Strategic Advisor to Gucci Group for Fragrance and Cosmetics Industry. At the same time Andrea Barbier has been appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of YSL Beauté, succeeding to the position left vacant by Ms Roos’s appointment. The appointments will be effective as of 2nd May.

In her new position, Chantal Roos will be responsible for giving strategic advice on the development opportunities for Gucci Group and its brands in the worldwide fragrances and cosmetics market. She will report directly to Robert Polet, President and CEO of Gucci Group.

Andrea Barbier was formerly General Manager of the Latin American “Produits Grand Public” division at L’Oréal. As President and CEO of YSL Beauté, he will report directly to Robert Polet.

Commenting on this announcement, Robert Polet, CEO of Gucci Group, said: “Chantal has transformed YSL Beauté and returned it to profitability and growth. She leaves a healthy and vibrant business for Andrea to inherit. We look forward to continuing to benefit from Chantal’s knowledge and expertise as she takes up her new role with Gucci Group. In Andrea I am confident we have someone with excellent skills and experience who will advance the work done to date and accelerate this positive trend. I’m delighted to welcome him to YSL Beauté and Gucci Group.”

Chantal Roos commented: “Thanks to the work of its whole team, YSL Beauté has rediscovered the path to profitable and sustainable growth. It is now the perfect moment for me to devote myself exclusively to what has always been my passion: the development of brands, concepts and trends, anticipating and delivering solutions to the evolving market, whilst always being conscious of the pursuit of excellence and highest quality. I am delighted to be doing this with Robert Polet and Gucci Group’s team”.

Andrea Barbier added: “This is a great opportunity for me to take on a business that is in good shape in all areas and offers considerable growth. YSL Beauté has a strong portfolio of prestigious brands and it will be very exciting to develop these to an even higher level of excellence.”

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