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Vice-chairman of LVMH dies

The vice-chairman of LVMH, Pierre Godé, has died following a long illness.

Born in 1944, Pierre Godé became a lawyer in Lille, France at the age of 23. At the age of 29 he was made an associate and then progressed to be Professor of the Faculty of Law at Lille and then University of Nice Sophia Antopolis.

From 1985, Godé worked alongside Bernard Arnault in the construction of the LVMH Group, which owns brands such as Louis Vuitton, Kenzo and Loewe.

As well as his role at LVMH, Godé was on the board of Dior and was a member of France’s competition authority (l’Autorité de la Concurrence).

Arnault said: “It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of Pierre Godé, who has succumbed to a long illness.

”Alongside my father, Jean Arnault, and then alongside me, Pierre Godé was instrumental in the creation and growth of the LVMH Group.

”His lively intelligence and sound judgement will be missed by all who came to know and appreciate him.”


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