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Emma Watson Has a Surprising New Role

French luxury group Kering has just announced a surprise addition to its board of directors.

The company has named Emma Watson as its newest member, also appointing her chair of the sustainability committee. Watson is an ardent advocate for sustainable fashion and a supporter of Good On You, a mobile app which allows consumers to check the sustainability credentials of clothing brands.

During its annual general meeting today, Kering’s shareholders approved the appointment of Watson, as well as proven executives Jean Liu and Tidjane Thiam. Thaim was also appointed chair of the board’s audit committee.

“Their respective knowledge and competences, and the multiplicity of their backgrounds and perspectives will be invaluable additions to Kering’s board,” François-Henri Pinault, chairman and CEO of Kering, said in a statement. “The collective intelligence that comes from diverse points of view and the richness of different experiences are crucial to the future of our organization. I am proud to add such impressive talents to the team.”

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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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British actor and activist Watson first came to public attention playing Hermione Granger in the film adaptations of the “Harry Potter” book series. Her filmography also includes “The Perks of Being a Wallflower,” “The Bling Ring,” “Noah” and Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast.” Most recently, she starred in Greta Gerwig’s “Little Women.”

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She is a vocal activist for gender equality and was appointed United Nations Woman Global Goodwill Ambassador in 2014 — the same year she launched the HeForShe initiative aimed at involving men in the fight for gender equality. Watson is also a force in the Time’s Up Entertainment Steering Committee and helped bring the movement to the UK. She is also involved in a number of other social justice initiatives.

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Kering is proud to announce that Tidjane Thiam is joining its Board of Directors, alongside Jean Liu and Emma Watson. Their appointments have been approved by Kering’s shareholders during the Group’s Annual General Meeting today, as proposed by the Board of Directors in March 2020. Tidjane Thiam has also been appointed Chair of the Audit 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. @tidjane.thiam

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Tidjane Thiam was most recently CEO of Credit Suisse Group AG, and Jean Liu is the president of Didi Chuxing, an influential mobile transportation platform.

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Kering is proud to announce that Jean Liu is joining its Board of Directors, alongside Tidjane Thiam and Emma Watson. Their appointments have been approved by Kering’s shareholders during the Group’s Annual General Meeting today, as proposed by the Board of Directors in March 2020. 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.

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