Chief Executive Officer, Design Holding
Appointed in October 2021, Mr. Lalonde drives the strategic growth trajectory for the Group, which is jointly owned by investment firms Investindustrial and Carlyle . With a wealth of proven experience in building global premium and luxury brands, Mr. Lalonde began his career at a management consultancy company in Paris. He subsequently joined Nespresso in 1994 and had a fundamental role in transforming the company from a start-up to a successful global brand, serving first as Chief Executive Officer of North America and then, over the next five years, as Global Chief Operating Officer based at the company’s Swiss headquarters.
In 2002, he began a 10-year professional path with LVMH Group in New York, initially as President & CEO of LVMH Watches & Jewellery North America, building the Tag Heuer watch brand into a market leader. He then became President & CEO of Louis Vuitton North America and in just five years turned LV into the number one luxury brand on the market, thanks to strong strategic moves, new flagship stores, the launch of E-commerce and creative partnerships. In 2010, Lalonde returned to Paris to serve as Global President & CEO of Möet & Chandon and Dom Perignon.
In 2012 he served as International President at Ralph Lauren, before joining SMCP in 2014 as CEO & Director for the French multi-brand group which includes Sandro, Maje, Claudie Pierlot and Fursac. Under Lalonde's leadership, SMCP became a leading player in accessible luxury through a global expansion and a strategic multi-channel approach including digital transformation. These investments led the company to surpass a €1 billion revenue milestone and it being listed successfully on Euronext Paris.
In October 2021, Mr. Lalonde began his current role at Design Holding based out of the Group’s Milan headquarters. With in-depth knowledge and proven experience in the luxury goods sector, he quickly set a bold ambition and began implementing strategic moves to further expand the company’s global leadership and footprint.
Mr. Lalonde, originally from Canada, holds an MBA from INSEAD and received an Honour’s Bachelor of Mathematics degree from University of Waterloo in Ontario. He currently serves as Director on the Boards of Design Holding and PUIG SA, a global leader in beauty and fashion. He is also on the Advisory Board of INSEAD.