DFS Group’s Philippe Schaus named Moët Hennessy CEO

7th September, 2017 by Nicola Carruthers

Moët Hennessy has appointed Philippe Schaus, the head of its global travel retail outlet DFS Group, to the role of CEO – taking over from Christophe Navarre.

DFS Group’s Philippe Schaus has been named CEO of Moët Hennessy

Schaus will succeed Navarre in October, who leaves to focus full-time on Neptune International, the investment fund he founded.

Navarre joined LVMH Group in 1997, taking charge of Cognac producer JAS Hennessy & Co. In May 2001, he was appointed president and CEO of Moët Hennessythe wines and spirits division of LVMH.

The company’s two shareholders, LVMH and DFS co-founder and shareholder Robert Miller, will appoint a new CEO for DFS in the near future.

“I would like to sincerely thank Christophe Navarre for his hard work and commitment to the success of LVMH,” said Bernard Arnault, chairman and CEO of the LVMH Group.

“In less than a quarter of a century, his leadership has enabled Moët Hennessy to strengthen its position as one of the most iconic and profitable groups in its sector.

“The creativity displayed within the group’s brands has seen them evolve into a benchmark for excellence in the wines and spirits universe. I wish him every best wish for success in the future.”

Arnault added: “I am delighted with the appointment of Philippe Schaus at the head of Moët Hennessy. Philippe has been with the LVMH Group for 14 years, initially contributing to the global success of Louis Vuitton as international director, and more recently, since 2012, as leader of the evolution of DFS, making it one of the most innovative and desirable destinations to buy luxury products. I am confident that Philippe will be an excellent leader to help Moët Hennessy achieve even greater success in the future.”

Schaus added: “It is an honour for me to take up the reins at Moët Hennessy, and to follow in the footsteps of Christophe Navarre. I am also enormously proud to have had the opportunity to lead such an outstanding company as DFS for the last six years. We have achieved incredible successes, transforming our stores, elevating our product assortment and services and expanding our presence around the world.

“Although I am sorry to be leaving my valued colleagues, whose passion, dedication and pursuit of excellence have made our airport stores and T Gallerias eminent destinations in their own right, I know that the future success of DFS is assured. I also wish to thank all our industry partners from the brand, airport, general retail and professional press community for their outstanding support, without which all our developments would not have been possible.”

In April this year, Vinexpo appointed Christophe Navarre as its new president, taking over from Xavier de Eizaguirre.

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