, (born ), is a French businessman and the CEO of Kering. He is the son of the company's founder, businessman François Pinault. Often nicknamed "FHP", he is also Director of Financière Pinault and the President of Groupe Artémis' executive board. As of|2013|03
, Forbes magazine reported Pinault and his family had a net worth of $15 billion.
François-Henri Pinault graduated from HEC School of Management in 1985, and completed military service in the French Consulate Economic Expansion station in Los Angeles, during which he was in charge of studying fashion and new technology sectors.
Career in Kering
Pinault began his career at Kering in 1987 and in 1988 became manager of Kering's buying department. In 1989, he became head manager of France Bois Industries, and then of Pinault Distribution in 1990.
Pinault was appointed CEO of CFAO (formerly Compagnie Française de l’Afrique Occidentale) a retail subsidiary of the Group in Africa and in the overseas territories in 1993, specializing in cars and medicine and in 1997 became CEO of Fnac. In February 2000, Pinault became vice-president of the internet branch of Fnac, alongside Serge Weinberg, board president. He launched PPR Interactive, a structure dedicated to new technologies.
From January 2001 until March 2005, he was a member of the Kering Security Board. In May 2003, he was appointed vice-president of the board until March 2005.
In May 2003, Pinault's father gave him the presidency of Artémis, as the controlling shareholder of the Group, founded in 1992.
In March 2005 Pinault became Chairman of the Board and CEO of Kering.
On 20 June 2007, he also became president of German sports retailer Puma's Executive Committee, the newest group acquisition. On 17 February 2011, Pinault announced that he would head Kering's luxury branch.
The purchase of Puma in 2007, the selling of Conforama in 2011 and the announcement of the Group's intention to sell Redcats (La Redoute, Cyrillus, Vertbaudet) and Fnac in the future illustrate Pinault's will to reinforce PPR group in the luxury and "Sport & Lifestyle" sectors.
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