Ralph Lauren Corporation announced that Patrice Louvet, has been named President and Chief Executive Officer. His appointment will become effective July 17, 2017, at which time he will also be appointed to the Ralph Lauren Corporation Board of Directors. Mr. Louvet will dual report to Ralph Lauren in his capacity as Executive Chairman of the Board and to the Company’s Board of Directors.
Mr. Louvet most recently served as Group President, Global Beauty at Procter & Gamble (P&G), a division of 12 brands with approximately $11.5 billion in revenues in 2016.
Ralph Lauren, Executive Chairman and Chief Creative Officer, said: “Finding the right partner to work with me to take us forward in our evolution has been my primary focus over the last several months and I am thrilled that Patrice is joining our talented team. He’s an enormously skilled business leader with a deep passion for the consumer and a sophisticated understanding of building global brands. This, combined with his collaborative working style, transformation experience and intense focus on results, will put us in a stronger position as we move toward the future.”
Patrice Louvet said: “Ralph is one of the world’s greatest fashion icons and someone I have admired for many years, and it’s an incredible opportunity to partner with him to continue to build on 50 years of heritage and innovation. The brand holds tremendous potential around the world and I could not be more excited to lead the next phase of development for this great company with Ralph and the team.”
Mr. Louvet is a brand expert with more than 25 years of experience at P&G. Over the course of his career he has overseen several different multi-billion dollar, category-leading brands and has held numerous management and leadership roles in Europe, Asia and North America. Mr. Louvet has a proven track record of improving and growing major global brands and streamlining and refocusing business units, as well as diverse experience working across multiple distribution channels inclusive of e-commerce, wholesale and directly-operated retail. Prior to his current role at P&G, which he has served in since February 2015, Mr. Louvet was Group President, Global Grooming (Gillette). He also previously served as President of P&G’s Global Prestige business where he oversaw a diverse portfolio of 23 fashion brands, including Gucci and Hugo Boss. He currently serves on the board of directors of Bacardi Limited, which he joined in July 2012. He graduated from École supérieure de commerce de Paris and received his MBA from the University of Illinois. Additionally, he served in the French Navy from 1987-1989 as Naval Officer, Admiral Aide de Camp.