Last night, we were joined by Pauline Brown, Chairman of LVMH (Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton) North America, for a fireside chat covering her rising career and the challenges she’s encountered along the way. For those who missed out, photos of the event are below.
For more than 20 years Pauline Brown has helped to acquire, grow and lead premium global brands. She currently is the Chairman of LVMH Inc., the North American arm of LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, the world’s leading luxury company. At LVMH Pauline provides regional leadership for about 70 brands in 5 sectors, including fashion & leather goods, perfumes & cosmetics, watches & jewelry, wines & spirits, and selective retailing. In addition to her management responsibilities, Pauline sits on the Advisory Board of L Capital, a global private equity firm backed by LVMH.
Earlier in her career, Pauline was a Managing Director at the private equity firm, The Carlyle Group, where she led deals in the consumer and retail sectors. While at Carlyle, she sat on the Boards of Directors of the American beauty brand Philosophy and the Italian sportswear brand Moncler.
Prior to joining Carlyle, Pauline was the Senior Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Global Business Development at Avon Products, responsible for developing the company’s long-term growth strategy and driving key components of a major restructuring plan. She reported to the Chairman and CEO and was a member of the Executive Committee, which met regularly to address enterprise-wide issues and review the company’s operating performance.
She joined Avon from The Estee Lauder Companies, where she was the Vice President of Corporate Strategy and New Business Development, responsible for all mergers, acquisitions and licensing activities. During her tenure, Pauline helped to expand Estee Lauder’s portfolio from 8 to 25 distinct beauty brands.
Pauline began her business career as a Management Consultant at Bain & Company, advising companies on ways to grow their top- and bottom-lines, build long-term competitive advantages and enhance their strategic positions.
Since 2008, she has been a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute, a program that seeks to develop the next generation of community-spirited leaders. In 2013, she joined the Board of Overseers of the Henry Crown Fellowship. In addition, she sits on the Boards of the Wharton Alumni Council, Parsons School of Design, Columbia University’s Maison Francais, the New York City Investment Fund’s Retail & Tourism Group and Cosmetics Executive Women (CEW).
Pauline earned her M.B.A. from the Wharton School and her B.A. from Dartmouth College. She lives with her husband Marshall and two children, Julian (age 12) and Arianna (9), in New York.