Supervisory Board Member of the Week: Emma Watson (Kering)

Emma Watson

Interesting personnel at the French luxury group Kering, which includes brands such as Gucci and Yves Saint-Laurent: The British actress Emma Watson (30), who became famous as Hermione, the magic student in the Harry Potter films, has joined the “Board of Directors”. Other new additions are former Credit Suisse boss Tidjane Thiam and Jean Liu, manager of a Chinese logistics company. The reason for Watson’s appointment is not her acting talent, but her commitment to women’s rights. She is also a pioneer in the field of “ethical fashion,” Kering said.

“Collective intelligence” thanks to diversity

Watson will now take over as head of the Sustainability Committee. The “collective intelligence” generated by different perspectives and experiences is crucial for Kering’s future, said CEO Francois-Henri Pinault, commenting on the appointment. He said he was “proud” that such “impressive talents” complement the team. With around 38,000 employees, Kering most recently generated annual sales of EUR 15.9 billion.