Schriver Named COO
DFS Group, the world's largest luxury travel retailer, announced today that its
Board of Directors has elected Philippe Schaus as Chief Executive Officer
effective August 1, 2012. Mr. Schaus succeeds Edward J. Brennan who is
retiring as CEO after 13 years in that position. In addition, Mr. Schaus will
succeed Mr. Brennan as Chairman on December 31, 2012. Mr. Brennan will become
a Non-Executive Director of DFS Group and will remain Chairman of LVMH-owned
Starboard Cruise Services and Onboard Media.
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In addition to Mr. Schaus' appointments, Michael Schriver, the company's
President for Stores and Business Development, has been promoted to the newly
created position of Chief Operating Officer.
Antonio Belloni, a Non-Executive DFS Group Director and the Group Managing
Director of LVMH said: "Ed has been a formidable leader at DFS. He and his
team have created the most successful luxury travel retail operation in the
world. Sales and profitability have seen outstanding growth over the last few
years, and we have expanded our geographic focus from just the Asia-Pacific
rim, with stores now spanning more than half the globe.
"Philippe is the right person to assure that the success of DFS continues well
into the future. He will further develop the DFS brand so that the experience
we offer our customers remains at the forefront of luxury travel shopping,"
concluded Mr. Belloni.
Robert Miller, a founder of DFS and a member of the DFS Board of Directors said
of Mr. Brennan: "I have watched this company grow and evolve. Ed has
brilliantly created a retail institution that can continue to thrive in the
future. Philippe inherits a well-run ship and a superbly talented team – we
look forward to his years at the helm as he brings the added value of his
extensive luxury brand experience."
Raised in Luxembourg, Mr. Schaus began his career in 1987 at J.P. Morgan before
joining The Boston Consulting Group GmbH in 1990. In 1992 he became
International Commercial Director of the Porcelain Tableware Division at
Villeroy & Boch before being promoted Managing Director for the division in
1999. He joined Louis Vuitton in 2003 as President of the Europe Zone and was
appointed Senior Vice President International in 2006. Between 2009 and 2011 he
was Executive Vice President of Louis Vuitton. Mr. Schaus joined DFS in July
2011 as Group President of Merchandising and Marketing.
Mr. Brennan joined DFS from R.H. Macy in 1997 and rose to become its CEO in
1999 and added Chairman to his responsibilities the following year.
Mr. Schriver joined DFS from R.H. Macy's in 1998. At DFS he has also been
responsible for Merchandising and Distribution before his selection to run
Store Operations in 2008 and, additionally, Business Development in 2011.
About DFS Group
DFS Group was founded in Hong Kong in 1960 and has more than 200 airport
concession stores in North America, Asia-Pacific airports, the Middle East and
South Asia. The company has large downtown DFS Gallerias in Hawaii, Guam,
Saipan, Okinawa, Hong Kong, Macao, Singapore, Bali, Sydney and Auckland. The
company, headquartered in Hong Kong, has more than 7,000 employees and is
majority owned by LVMH and minority-owned by companies associated with founder
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SOURCE: DFS Group