Message from Bernard Arnault

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“It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of Pierre Godé, who has succumbed to‎ a long illness.

Alongside my father, Jean Arnault, and then alongside me, Pierre Godé was instrumental in the creation and growth of the LVMH Group.

His lively intelligence and sound judgement will be missed by all who came to know and appreciate him.”


Born in 1944, Pierre Godé was called to the Lille Bar at the age of 23. At the young age of 29 he was made an Associate and then progressed to be Professor of the Faculty of Lille and then of Nice.

From 1985, he worked alongside Bernard Arnault in the construction of the LVMH Group, which rapidly became the world leader‎ in luxury and today comprises over seventy Maisons.

Board Member of Dior and of LVMH, where he became Vice Chairman‎, he was also on the Board of Havas and a member of the Competition Authority in France (l’Autorité de la Concurrence).

Pierre Godé was an Officer of the Légion d’Honneur.