Keynote Speakers 2024
Author, Former Chairman of LVMH North America, MD of The Carlyle Group
Throughout her career Pauline Brown has acquired, built, and run some of the world’s most influential consumer & retail brands. She is the former Chairman of LVMH North America, where she provided regional leadership for about 70 brands in 5 sectors, including fashion, beauty, wines & spirits, watches & jewelry, and selective retailing. While at LVMH, Pauline also served on the board of the Company’s private equity arm L Capital as well as
several LVMH subsidiaries.
Prior to LVMH, Pauline was a Managing Director at the private equity firm, The Carlyle Group, where she helped to build the firm’s consumer and retail practice. While at Carlyle, Pauline invested in and served on the boards of portfolio companies, including the fashion brand Moncler and personal care brand Philosophy. Earlier in her career, she held senior executive positions in the global beauty sector, including as the Senior Vice President of Strategy at Avon Products and Vice President of M&A and New Business Development at the Estee Lauder Companies. She began her career as a Strategy Consultant at Bain & Company.
Pauline left the corporate sector in 2016, initially to join the faculty at Harvard Business School, now at Columbia Business School, where she teaches an innovative new course, called ‘the Marketing of Aesthetics and Experiences.’ Building on the popularity of her course, Pauline also wrote a book, Aesthetic Intelligence, which was published by HarperCollins. In addition to teaching and writing, Pauline currently provides strategic counsel to corporate clients and private equity firms, serves as the board of The Neiman Marcus Group, and hosts a weekly talk show on SiriusXM Business Radio. She received a B.A. from Dartmouth College and M.B.A. from the Wharton School, and is a former member of Wharton’s Executive Alumni Board.