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Balmain Announces CEO Jean-Jacques Guével’s Departure

Leadership Shifts Continue at the Parisian Luxury Fashion House

In a notable shift within the luxury fashion landscape, Balmain has confirmed the departure of Jean-Jacques Guével, its CEO, for the last four years. The Paris maison announced that Guével is stepping down to explore new opportunities, marking the latest in a series of high-profile exits from the company.

Guével’s exit follows closely on the heels of Txampi Diz, Balmain’s marketing director, who left the company six days prior. As of yet, Balmain has not disclosed Guével’s successor or his next professional steps. Appointed in 2020, Guével has been credited with steering the brand through the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, spearheading growth, and introducing significant initiatives, including a new beauty licensing agreement with Estée Lauder.

Reflecting on his tenure, Guével stated, “It has been an incredible journey leading Balmain through the last years and setting it for further future growth.” Balmain, a storied label owned by Mayhoola, the investment group backed by the Qatari royal family, is celebrated for its rich heritage and dynamic leadership under creative director Olivier Rousteing.

Rachid Mohamed Rachid, CEO of Mayhoola and Chairman of Balmain, expressed gratitude for Guével’s contributions: “I want to thank Jean-Jacques for his contribution to the success of Balmain, and I wish him well in his future endeavors. Balmain has all the potential to become a true global luxury goods leader, thanks to its unique heritage, talented Creative Director Olivier Rousteing, and our exceptional colleagues in the brand. We will be building onto the significant growth of the last years and will announce a new CEO in due course.”

This leadership change is part of a broader movement within Balmain, with the brand preparing to name new executives to continue building on its recent successes. The fashion industry awaits further announcements regarding leadership transitions as Balmain seeks to maintain its momentum and influence on the global stage.