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InterGrowth’s featured sessions focus on timely, relevant and sometimes provocative topics that explore their impact on society and lifestyle, as well as your business.
Be sure to catch any of the following and join the open debate and lively interaction. Check back here for more information on featured sessions as they’re confirmed.
Tuesday, May 7
8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
A One-on-one Conversation with Pauline Brown, former Chairman of North America at Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton
For more than 25 years, Pauline Brown has acquired, built, and led the world’s most influential global luxury brands. Pauline served as the Chairman of North America for the world’s leading luxury goods company, LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, where she provided regional leadership for about 70 brands in 5 sectors including fashion & leather goods, watches & jewelry, perfume & cosmetics, wine & spirits, and selective retailing. While at LVMH, Pauline also served on the board of L Capital, a private equity fund backed by LVMH, as well as on the boards of several LVMH subsidiaries including Donna Karan, Marc Jacobs, and Fresh Cosmetics. In 2016, Pauline joined the faculty of the Harvard Business School, designing and teaching a new interdisciplinary course for graduate students named “The Business of Aesthetics.”
Pauline Brown boasts unparalleled expertise when it comes to understanding why long-term financial value in today’s world rests on an ability to deliver aesthetic value. Touching on the strategies that have built consumer demand and loyalty for booming brands in the age of Amazon, she explains how such companies are rewarded not only for eliciting a high degree of pleasure in those who buy their goods and services, but also for spurring desirability among others who aspire to them. Pauline focuses on helping organizations discern and appraise businesses through their own senses—a critical and oftentimes under-developed skill set for corporate executives, entrepreneurs and investors alike—as well as to analyze the issues and challenges of running aesthetic business from a strategic, financial, organizational and cultural vantage.
In addition to her operational experience in the luxury goods sector, Pauline Brown also boasts a successful track record as an investor in luxury brands. Before joining LVMH, she was a Managing Director at private equity firm The Carlyle Group, where she helped build the firm’s global consumer and retail practice, co-led deals, and served on the boards of portfolio companies including the European sportswear brand Moncler and the American beauty brand Philosophy. Earlier in her career, Pauline held senior executive positions in the global beauty industry including Head of Corporate Strategy and New Business Development at The Estee Lauder Companies. There, she led all mergers, acquisitions, and licensing activities and helped to expand Estee Lauder’s portfolio from eight to 25 distinct beauty brands. She reported to the Company’s CEO and was a member of its Executive Committee. Pauline began her career as a Management Consultant at Bain & Company.
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Traditional PE to Corporate Acquisition – How to Assess Investment Opportunities to Maximize Returns
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