Among those attending the Luxury Conference were Jean-Clause Cathalan, President of Comité Montaigne, Teejana Beenessreesingh, President of the HEC Luxury Club, Alain Caradeu, Coralie de Fontenary and Eric Blanche, Presidents of the HEC Alumni hubs for Luxury and Creation, and Audrey DePraeter-Montacel, Managing Director at Accenture France

HEC Paris’ First Annual Luxury Conference

The HEC Paris MBA Luxury Club held the First Annual Luxury Conference at the HEC Alumni Headquarters in Paris in November.

Joëlle de Montgolfier, EMEA Senior Director for Bain & Company’s Consumer Products, Retail and Luxury, started the day with a presentation of the consultancy’s 2018 Luxury Report, followed by a fascinating panel discussion on Retail’s Evolution with Arnaud Ameline (Christian Dior Couture), Elodie Barbé (The Kooples) and Pascal Charneau (Customer Touch).

Digital Transformation was a large focus as it is central to developments in the industry. As well as impacting existing heritage brands, digital trends are giving rise to a number of new initiatives and start-ups. Thought-provoking insights were presented by Frédéric Arnold (Moët Hennessy), Audrey DePraeter-Montacel (Accenture), Coralie de Fontenay (Luxury Next) and Perrine Corvaisier (Human Learning eXpedition).

Jean Revis (MAD Network) and Luisa Munaretto (Brands & Beyond) discussed changing frontiers of the Luxury industry from a consumer and investment perspective. The formal presentations concluded with Kering Sustainability Operations Director Michael Beutler conversing with HEC Paris Luxury Club President Teejana Beenessreesingh about issues of environmentalism and sustainability in the industry.

The conference was an intimate event with 70 attendees joining from HEC Paris, Bocconi, INSEAD and ESSEC, alongside industry leaders. Guests had the opportunity to make valuable connections over lunch and during a wine tasting.

The event was a huge success, bringing together notable talents from the Luxury industry alongside future leaders from top business schools. It provided an excellent opportunity to reinforce relationships between HEC Paris, alumni and friends.