Guillaume Motte has been named as the new CEO and president of Sephora, effective January 1, 2023. He will succeed current CEO Chris de LaPuente at the beauty retailer, which is owned by LVMH.
De LaPuente temporarily stepped back into the role of CEO in June 2022 following the departure of Martin Brok, who left after just two years at the helm.
Motte has more than 20 years’ experience in leadership roles, currently working as deputy CEO for LVMH’s Fashion Group since May 2021. He manages a stable of fashion brands including Celine, Loewe, Givenchy, Marc Jacobs, Kenzo, Rossimoda, Pucci, JWAnderson and Patou.
Prior to this, Motte was president and CEO of Sephora in Europe and the Middle East from 2018 to 2021, managing 1,100 stores across 20 countries. His achievements include the inclusive marketing campaign ‘The Unlimited Power of Beauty’ and steering Sephora back into Germany after a 16-year hiatus. He has also held prominent positions at French menswear chain Celio and lifestyle retailer Al Tayer Trends.
"I am delighted to welcome Guillaume back to Sephora as president and CEO,” commented de LaPuente. “His experiences over the past two years in LVMH Fashion Group have broadened his prestige brand-building expertise and deepened his already extensive retail and business skills at a global level. I have no doubt he will continue to build Sephora into the extraordinary premium beauty retailer we envision. I am extremely happy that we will be working together again."
De LaPuente will continue to serve as chairman and CEO of LVMH’s Selective Retailing Division.
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