British actor and activist Emma Watson is among a new raft of appointments to the board of luxury conglomerate and parent of Gucci and Saint Laurent, Kering.
Watson’s appointment as Chair of the Sustainability Committee of the Board of Directors, was announced at the Paris-based group’s AGM today.
Also joining the board is Tidjane Thiam, a former CEO of Credit Suisse Group and the recently appointed African Union Special Envoy on COVID-19, who was named Chair of the Audit Committee.
The third appointment to the board was that of Jean Liu the President of multi-modal mobile transportation platform Didi Chuxing.
François-Henri Pinault, Chairman and CEO of Kering, commented: “I am delighted to welcome Jean Liu, Tidjane Thiam and Emma Watson to our Board of Directors. Their respective knowledge and competences, and the multiplicity of their backgrounds and perspectives will be invaluable additions to Kering’s Board of Directors.
“The collective intelligence that comes from diverse points of view and the richness of different experiences are crucial to the future of our organization. I am proud to add such impressive talents to the team.”
Watson, who first came to public prominence playing Hermione Grainger in the Harry Potter film franchise, is a prominent voice on issues such as gender equality and sustainability.
She holds a degree in English Literature from Brown University and in 2014, she was appointed a UN WOMEN Global Goodwill Ambassador and launched the HeForShe initiative aimed at involving men in the promotion of gender equality.
In 2016, she created Our Shared Shelf, a feminist book club and is part of the TIME’S UP Entertainment Steering Committee having brought the movement to the UK, coordinating its launch at the UK Film BAFTAs in 2018 and building a network of hundreds of women from across the industry.
Her consultation with the women’s movement led to the establishment of a new UK Justice and Equality Fund, hosted by Rosa and launched by Watson with a £1million donation. The fund aims to end cultures of harassment, abuse and impunity by resourcing expert organizations in this field. She has also helped launch new UK industry-wide guidelines on harassment and bullying with the British Film Institute (BFI), the British Academy of Film and TV Arts (BAFTA), the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) and other leading bodies.
She is an outspoken voice on sustainability in fashion and is a supporter of Good On You, a mobile app which allows consumers to check the sustainability credentials of clothing brands.