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Bernard Peillon hands over, army, to Laurent Boillot
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Bernard Peillon hands over, army, to Laurent Boillot

A subsidiary of LVMH, the leading Charente brandy house is changing its chairman after a three-month transition period.

Retiring on 31 July 2020, Bernard Peillon has just handed over the executive presidency of Hennessy cognacs to Laurent Boillot. Arriving in November 2019 in Cognac, the latter discovered a sector which he is unfamiliar with, this cosmetics specialist having been the CEO of Guerlain perfumes since 2007. As the head of the leading Charente house (46% of the sales of AOC Cognac), Laurent Boillot is benefiting from a nine-month transition period to be put into the perfume business.
Introducing him to the 1,600 contributing winegrowers and the 1,000 employees of the Hennessy house, Bernard Peillon will remain the non-executive chairman of Hennessy cognacs for the next six months. He also becomes the advisor to Philippe Schaus, the CEO of Moët Hennessy (the wines and spirits subsidiary of the Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy group).

Conferences

At the next Vinexpo/Wine Paris trade fair, Bernard Peillon will be chairing the Moët Hennessy conferences on the morning of 11 February which will focus on the question of "succeeding together" between winegrowers and merchants in Cognac and Champagne.

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