Mandarin Oriental International has appointed Laurent Kleitman as group chief executive, effective 1 September.
He succeeds James Riley who will be stepping down on 31 July after almost seven years in the role.
Kleitman was most recently president and CEO of LVMH’s luxury fashion
beauty business Parfums Christian Dior, responsible for managing the
brand's perfume, make-up, and skincare categories globally.
Prior to joining LVMH in 2019, Kleitman was president of the consumer
beauty division of beauty group Coty. Before Coty, Kleitman spent 25
years at Unilever.
Ben Keswick, chairman of Mandarin Oriental International Limited,
said Kleitman would deliver “21st century luxury hospitality and
lifestyle experiences steeped in a rich and proud Asian heritage”.
He also praised Riley’s contribution to the company. “James has been
instrumental in continuing to expand Mandarin Oriental's development
pipeline and elevating the Mandarin Oriental brand globally,” he said.
Mandarin Oriental operates 36 hotels and nine residences in 24
countries and territories and has a pipeline of 25 properties under
development which are expected to open in the next five years.