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Research Chairs

Chair holder and Executive Director: Kristine De Valck and Patrick Albaladejo, K. De Valck: Associate Professor Marketing Department, Associate Dean and Director of the PhD Program. P. Albaladejo: Affiliate Professor Marketing Department





A global Luxury group, Kering manages the development of a series of renowned Houses in Fashion, Leather Goods, Jewelry and Watches: Gucci, Saint Laurent, Bottega Veneta, Balenciaga, Alexander McQueen, Brioni, Boucheron, Pomellato, DoDo, Qeelin, Ulysse Nardin, Girard-Perregaux, as well as Kering Eyewear.

By placing creativity at the heart of its strategy, Kering enables its Houses to set new limits in terms of their creative expression while crafting tomorrow’s Luxury in a sustainable and responsible way. We capture these beliefs in our signature: “Empowering Imagination”.

For Kering, this partnership with one of the world´s best business schools will contribute to developing future senior managers in the luxury sector and identifying talented individuals who could potentially join the Group and its brands. Supporting and nurturing talent is one of the Kering Group’s main missions, already illustrated by its prestigious partnerships with institutions around the world such as the London College of Fashion, Parsons School of Design in New York and Tsinghua University in Beijing.

François-Henri Pinault, CEO of Kering stated: "I am pleased to celebrate the renewal of our partnership with HEC Paris, and to pursue our collaboration in order to train future leaders of the luxury industry. As an alumnus, I am especially proud to rekindle the ties which united Kering with HEC Paris."

Peter Todd, Dean of HEC Paris, added: "I am delighted to renew our partnership with Kering. HEC Paris shares strong values: audacity and entrepreneurship with Kering and François-Henri Pinault, an active supporter of our school. In this Chair, 20 experts from Kering will share their insights with students and over 30 collaborators from Kering will contribute to this project. It is remarkable that a company such as Kering invests so much in the construction of a Chair."


Learn more about Kristine De Valck

Learn more about Patrick Albaladejo