For more than 25 years, Pauline J. Brown has helped to acquire, grow and lead premium global brands. In January 2016, she joined the faculty of the Harvard Business School, where she teaches a new interdisciplinary course for graduate students called “The Business of Aesthetics.”
Prior to entering 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 five sectors, including fashion and leather goods, watches and jewelry, perfumes and cosmetics, wines and spirits, and selective retailing. While at LVMH, Pauline also served on the board of L Capital Asia, a private equity fund backed by LVMH, as well as the boards of several LVMH subsidiaries, including Donna Karan, Marc Jacobs, and Fresh Cosmetics.
Pauline previously was a Managing Director at the private equity firm, The Carlyle Group, where she specialized in buyouts in the global consumer and retail sectors. Earlier in her career, Pauline held executive positions in the global beauty industry. Most notably, she was the head of Corporate Strategy and New Business Development at The Estée Lauder Companies. Since 2008, she has been a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute, a program that seeks to develop the next generation of community-spirited leaders. Pauline received an M.B.A. from the Wharton School and a B.A. from Dartmouth College. She is a member of the Executive Alumni Councils of both schools. She and her husband, Marshall, have two children and live in New York.