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Drapers Top 100 2016 – 51. François-Henri Pinault, chairman and chief executive, Kering

Francois henri pinault

Francois henri pinault

French luxury brand house Kering must have been tempted to install a revolving door at its head office this year, after it announced a string of high-profile departures and appointments. Hedi Slimane left his role as creative and image director at Saint Laurent in April, Nikolas Talonpoika was appointed chief executive of Christopher Kane in October, and Cédric Charbit was hired for the same role at Balenciaga in November, to name but a few.

Despite the merry-go-round, chairman and chief executive François-Henri Pinault kept a tight grip on the group. Revenues rose 5.5% year on year to €5.69bn (£4.9bn) for the first half of 2016. This was boosted in a large part by Alessandro Michele’s success at Gucci [number 39], but sales also continued to grow steadily at Saint Laurent, despite Slimane’s departure.

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