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Renaud Dutreil (born June 12, 1960), Chairman of LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton Inc. is a graduate of the Institut des Etudes Poltitiques de Paris, École Normale Superieure (ENS) and École Nationale d'Administration (ENA) in Paris. He was Lauréat du Concours Général de Philosophie in 1978.
Dutreil served in the highest offices of French government for over fifteen years prior to his joining LVMH. His ministerial appointments included Minister of Small & Medium-Sized Businesses, Commerce, Crafts and Liberal Professions (2005–2007), Minister of the Civil Service and State Reform (2004–2005) and Secretary of State for Small & Medium-Sized Businesses, Commerce, Crafts and Liberal Professions (2002–2004). He was a Member of Parliament from 1994–2008 and of the French Council of State (Supreme Court for Public Law) from 1989 to 1992. He is currently non serving Maître des Requêtes au Conseil d’Etat, where he was admitted in 1989 with rank 1st.
In 2002, he was the first President and founder of the Union pour un Mouvement Populaire, which is the currently leading political party in France. As Minister in the French cabinet, he is known for the “Dutreil Acts”, which have modernized the French tax system, the distribution system, the professional education system and encouraged a pro-entrepreneurial culture and environment in France
A strong advocate of national artisanal and Luxury traditions, Dutreil co-authored among other books Le Geste et La Parole des Métiers d’Art, an important reference work on the subject. In 2003, he created a Government sponsored label, "Entreprise du Patrimoine vivant" (Living Heritage Companies) which has been granted to more than 600 French companies selected for their exceptional know how and heritage.
Dutreil argued strongly for 'fonctions régaliennes' in the French administration (army, police, justice and heritage) to be reserved for French citizens (i.e. not open to other European citizens) (speech at the Ecole Normale Supérieure, 2005).
He was appointed Chairman of LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton Inc. in August 2008 and is member of the Advisory Board of L Capital, a Private Equity fund part of LVMH.
As President of LVMH Inc. and member of L Capital, he has developed a highly appreciated expertise in Brand development and management and initiated, during the crisis in 2008 and 2009, a strategic focus of the brands on the values of Artisanship, heritage and narrative communication, exclusive store experience and controlled distribution, which are now the core of the Luxury marketing and distribution strategies. He has also developed a strong network in Asia (China and India) and Brazil. As a “multi cultural” Leader, familiar with distribution and marketing in the emerging markets as well as in Europe and the US, Dutreil believes growth in consumer goods will more and more come from the “globalization of exception”, implying a double focus on brand identity as well as global distribution., executed by multinational management teams.
Dutreil is a Trustee of Museum of Art and Design, New York ; Member of the Board of New School and of Parsons School of Design ; Member of the Board of Maison Française Columbia University ; Member of Partnership for New York ; he is the Chairman of Friends of Institut des Hautes Etudes Scientifiques (IHES is a French institute supporting advanced research in mathematics and theoretical physics).
Dutreil is Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur.