Throughout her career Pauline Brown has helped to acquire, build and lead global luxury brands.
She is the author of a new business book on “Aesthetic Intelligence,” which will be launched by HarperCollins last November. The book is based on a graduate school course, called The Business of Aesthetics,” that Pauline taught at The Harvard Business School from 2016 through 2017. She currently is an Executive-in-Resident at Columbia Business School. In addition to lecturing and writing, Pauline also hosts a weekly talk show on SiriusXM, called “Tastemakers,” on which she interviews creative leaders, innovators and influencers.
Prior to 2016, Pauline was the Chairman of North America at 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.
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 global 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 at leading cosmetics companies, including Avon Products and The Estee Lauder Companies. Pauline began her career as a Strategy Consultant at Bain & Company. 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. Since 2008, she has been a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute, which seeks to develop the next-generation of community-spirited leaders.