Pierre Godé, a French lawyer whose steely negotiation skills and strategic vision made him the éminence grise of the world’s largest luxury group, LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, has died in Nice, France. He was 73.
The group said in a statement on Friday that he died after a long illness, but it did not specify a cause or say when he died.
Polished, charming and deliberately low profile, Mr. Godé was for 30 years rarely far from the side of Bernard Arnault, LVMH’s chairman and chief executive. The two men set about building a brand portfolio that today includes more than 70 fashion houses, among them Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior and Bulgari.
Mr. Godé and Mr. Arnault met in 1973, when Mr. Godé was the youngest qualified law professor in France and a lawyer to Mr. Arnault’s father, Jean, the head of a property company.
Source: The New York Times