Christophe de Pous
Christophe de Pous is the president, Asia-Pacific and North America, of the Clarins Group, a family-owned company that oversees the Clarins beauty brand, the Mugler fashion and fragrance brand, and the Azzaro fragrance line. When he took on this role in August 2016, he and the group’s new CEO brought a new dynamic to Clarins and they have led a digital transformation of the company in each of its strategic regions. A leader in luxury beauty, Clarins is having its best year ever in terms of sales, growth, and profitability.
Prior to this position, Christophe was (as of January 2013) the president and CEO of Gucci North America, the Italian luxury brand owned by the Kering Group, where he successfully navigated the North America region’s transition from its previous management and participated in the re-launch of Gucci under its new designer, Alessandro Michele.
During this time, he was also the head of retail for the region, playing a significant role in that operation’s development and cementing Gucci’s core values of craftsmanship, “cool,” and social responsibility throughout its network. Fueled by a mission to captivate Gucci customers with the story of a legendary brand, Christophe’s visionary leadership has been of great inspiration to the region.
Christophe first joined Gucci in November 2009 as president and CEO of Gucci Japan. Thanks to his guidance and the commitment of the company’s Japanese team, Gucci Japan achieved outstanding business results, recovering self-confidence and market share in one of the most challenging markets. He and his team strengthened Gucci’s positioning in Japan, establishing Gucci as one of the most desired luxury brands in the country, and launched Gucci.com.
From September 2004 to October 2009, Christophe served as president and representative director at Bluebell Japan, a multinational company that imports and distributes fashion goods, accessories, jewelry, cosmetics, and fragrances throughout Asia. During his tenure, he oversaw joint ventures in the Japanese region for brands like Moschino, Jimmy Choo, Coty Prestige, and JM Weston; negotiated joint ventures between the Bluebell Group and international partners; and built a number of businesses, including Jimmy Choo. Under his leadership, Bluebell Japan became the top fragrance importer and retailer in Japan.
Before Bluebell, Christophe was the Asia-Pacific director of Sisley, a leading luxury cosmetics company. He established most of its subsidiaries in the Asia-Pacific region, transforming the business from an “old” export model into an integrated marketing and distribution house for the brand. He also launched the brand in China. The success of Sisley in Asia came through the recruitment of top talent and the implementation of a truly integrated CRM culture and approach.
Prior to Sisley, Christophe had a long career at Pierre Fabre, where he marketed psychiatric medication before moving on to the cosmetics side, with a focus on Japan and other Asian markets. While in Japan, where Christophe lived for nearly 17 years, he repositioned the Avène skincare brand and (through the distribution network of Shiseido, a joint-venture partner) established Avène as the number one imported skincare brand in volume. He ended his Pierre Fabre tenure as the Asia-Pacific manager of Pierre Fabre Dermo-Cosmétique.
Christophe de Pous holds a graduate degree in business from the Institut Supérieur de Gestion in Paris. He also graduated from the European Commission’s executive training programme in Japan, where he learned Japanese and studied Japanese economics and politics. He is fluent in French and Japanese, and has advanced proficiency in Spanish.