Emma Watson has joined Kering’s board, becoming the chair of its sustainability committee. The British actress is joining the board alongside Tidjane Thiam, who will chair the audit committee, and Jean Liu.
The luxury group said it seeks to expand its expertise, improve understanding of the group’s markets and represent a diversity of experience on the board.
“The collective intelligence that comes from diverse points of view and the richness of different experiences are crucial to the future of the organization, François-Henri Pinault said, chairman and chief executive officer.
An actor and activist, Watson, 30, is known for her role as Hermione Granger in the ;Harry Potter; movies as well as Belle in the live-action; Beauty and the Beast. Appointed a United Nations Global Goodwill Ambassador in 2014, she spoke at the U.N., launching the HeForShe campaign, calling for men to advocate for gender equality.President of DiDi Chuxing, a Chinese transport company based in Beijing, Liu, 41, who is Chinese, brings expertise in new technologies as well as the Chinese market. She has also been active promoting women in the field of technology as well as the sharing economy sector.
Thiam, 56, was ceo of Credit Suisse Group from 2015 to February this year. In April, he was appointed special envoy on COVID-19 for the African Union. He is a national of France and Côte D’Ivoire.
The three new appointees were proposed to shareholders in March, and approved at the annual general meeting, which was presented online on Tuesday.