Emma Watson Has a New Job: Member of Kering’s Board of Directors

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Kering, the international group that owns Gucci, Alexander Mc Queen, and many other luxury brands, has announced three new executive board members: Emma Watson, Jean Lui, and Tidjan Thiam.
Via their Instagram account, the luxury group Kering has officially named Emma Waston a member of their Board of Directors. The actress is known for her engagement and activism in women’s rights. In 2014, the UN named her ‘ UN Women Goodwill Ambassador’ where she promotes women in society. Emma also actively participates in the HeForShe campaign, which advocates for equity between men and women. Not only Emma Watson is a new member of the board, but she also took on the role of Chair of the Sustainability Committee within the Board of Directors.

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Kering is proud to announce that Emma Watson is joining its Board of Directors, alongside Jean Liu and Tidjane Thiam. Their appointments have been approved by Kering’s shareholders during the Group’s Annual General Meeting, as proposed by the Board of Directors in March 2020. Emma Watson has also been appointed Chair of the Sustainability Committee of the Board of Directors. The combined wealth of experience and skillsets of these three well-known figures will be complementary assets to the Group, enhancing the quality of the work done by the Board of Directors. The latter will benefit from their contribution in defining the Group’s strategic orientations. “I am delighted to welcome Jean Liu, Tidjane Thiam and Emma Watson to our Board of Directors. Their respective knowledge and competence, the multiplicity of their backgrounds and perspectives will be invaluable additions to the reflections of Kering’s Board of Directors. The collective intelligence that comes from the diversity of point of views and the richness brought by different experiences are crucial to the future of our organization, and I am proud to add such impressive talents to the team.” François-Henri Pinault, Chairman and CEO of Kering. Click on the link in bio for more info. Photo by Carter Bowman @emmawatson

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In an effort to advance inclusion and diversity, the group has also selected, for the first time in its history, two people of color to take on executive board roles. Joining alongside Emma is Jean Liu, a Chinese businesswoman, and Tidjane Thiam, a French-Ivorian banker.

It’s a necessary move from the group Kering, further demonstrating that diversity and inclusion is crucial in all settings.