Maureen Chiquet

Author and former Global CEO
Chanel
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Maureen Chiquet found tremendous success within global retail and high fashion, forging a new definition of leadership for the 21st Century. Balancing pragmatism with self-expression, self-assurance with introspection and power with empathy, she has been recognized among Fortune’s “International Power 50,” Forbes’ “100 Most Powerful Women,” The Wall Street Journal’s “50 Women to Watch” and Glamour Magazine’s “Women of the Year.” She began her career in marketing at L’Oreal Paris in 1985, has worked at The Gap, where she helped launch and build Old Navy to $5 billion in sales within five years, and served as president of Banana Republic before becoming COO and president of U.S. operations of Chanel in 2003. In 2007, she became Chanel’s first global CEO, where she helped grow the business threefold. She is a trustee to the Yale Corporation and fellow of Yale University. Chiquet has served on the President’s Council of International Activities at Yale University and sits on the board of directors of children’s clothing company Peek… Aren’t You Curious and the board of trustees of the New York Academy of Art.