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Francois Kress

Mr. Kress has held multiple leadership positions in the luxury industry over the past 20 years, most recently as Global President for Stuart Weitzman LLC, a global footwear company recently acquired by Coach. Mr.Kress held numerous positions within LVMH (Moet-Hennessy Louis Vuitton), the world leader in luxury, as President of Louis Vuitton Thailand from 1998 to 2000; CEO of LVMH Fashion Group Oceania (Australia and New Zealand) from 2000 to 2002, and President of Fendi North America from 2002 to 2004. He then joined the Italian family-owned jewelry company Bulgari as CEO for North and South America from 2004 to 2009, after which he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Prada and Miu Miu USA from 2010 to 2012, when he joined The Row, the American luxury brand founded by Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen as Global President & COO. Mr. Kress serves as a Board Member of the non-for-profit Luxury Education Foundation in New York and of Kythera Biopharmaceuticals, a public company that focuses on medical aesthetics products. He received a Master of Science from the Ecole Polytechnique in Palaiseau, France, and degrees in International Business and Civil Engineering from the Corps des Ponts et Chaussees in Paris, France.