Pauline J. Brown

Pauline J. Brown

Advisor, Lecturer, Author

For more than 25 years, Pauline Brown has acquired, built and led global luxury brands.

She currently is working on a business book about aesthetic intelligence – what it is, why it matters and how it can be used to transform companies and careers. The book, which will be published in 2019 by HarperCollins, is based on a course that Pauline introduced and taught at The Harvard Business School.

In addition to teaching and writing, Pauline also hosts a weekly talk show on SiriusXM, called “Tastemakers,” on which she interviews creative leaders, innovators and influencers.

Prior to entering media and academia, Pauline was the Chairman of North America for the world’s leading luxury goods company, LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, where she provided regional leadership for 70 brands in 5 sectors, including fashion & leather goods, watches & jewelry, perfumes & cosmetics, wines & spirits, and selective retailing. While at LVMH, Pauline also served on the Board of Directors of L Capital, a private equity fund backed by LVMH, as well as the Boards of several LVMH-backed brands, including Donna Karan, Marc Jacobs, Fresh Cosmetics and the fashion e-commerce site, Moda Operandi.

In addition to her operational experience in the luxury sector, Pauline also has been an active investor in luxury brands. Before joining LVMH, she was a Managing Director at the private equity firm, The Carlyle Group, where she helped to build the firm’s consumer and retail practice. While at Carlyle, Pauline invested in and served as a board member for Carlyle-owned portfolio companies, including the European sportswear brand Moncler and the American beauty brand Philosophy.

Earlier in her career, Pauline held senior executive positions in the global beauty industry. Most notably, she was the head of Corporate Strategy and New Business Development at The Estee Lauder Companies, responsible for all mergers, acquisitions and licensing activities. During her tenure, Pauline helped to expand Estee Lauder's portfolio from 8 to 25 distinct beauty brands. Pauline began her career as a Management Consultant at Bain & Company.

Pauline currently serves as an independent director of several boards, including the publicly-traded steakhouse chain, Del Frisco’s Restaurant Group. In the non-profit arena, she sits on the Board of Overseers of the Aspen Institute’s Henry Crown Fellowship and the Board of Governors of the Parsons School of Design.

Pauline received a B.A. from Dartmouth College and M.B.A. from the Wharton School, and she is a member of Wharton’s Executive Alumni Board.

She and her husband have two children and live in New York.

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