Keynote addresses from Hugo Boss, Moët Hennessy, European Commission and Goldman Sachs

LONDON: 9 April 2013: The Financial Times will host its ninth annual Business of Luxury Summit on 2nd – 4th June 2013 at the Palais Liechtenstein in Vienna, Austria. Chaired by Financial Times editor Lionel Barber, the premier event will bring together key executives, decision makers and financiers from the global luxury sector.

Entitled ‘Power, Politics and Profits’, this year’s summit will look at the luxury sector’s relationship with economic and political spheres. Having weathered one of the worst financial crises in modern times, luxury brands stand out as strong employers and stable fiscal contributors and draw ever more attention from national leaders. Speakers include politicians, chairmen and chief executives who will discuss the changing power structure between the political world and luxury industrialists; the consequences of cross-border collaboration; and navigating the politics of philanthropy and profit.

Speakers include:
• Alexis Babeau, Managing Director of Luxury, PPR
• Wesley Card, CEO, The Jones Group
• Gavyn Davies, OBE, Chairman, Fulcrum Asset Management
• Karel De Gucht, Commissioner for Trade, European Commission
• Claus-Dietrich Lahrs, CEO, Hugo Boss
• Jean-Marc Loubier, President and CEO, Fung Brands
• Christophe Navarre, CEO, Moët Hennessy
• Huw Pill, Chief European Economist, Goldman Sachs
• Andrew Rosen, CEO, Theory & Helmut Lang
• Markus Langes-Swarovski, Member of the Board, Swarovski
• Martin Wolf, CBE, Chief Economics Commentator, Financial Times

Lionel Barber, editor of the Financial Times, said: “Intangible qualities such as power and influence become strong currency at a time of global economic uncertainty. The luxury sector finds itself rich in both actual and potential wealth, making it a significant player in the future of national economies. I look forward to hearing from the leaders in this key sector at the Business of Luxury Summit.”

This year also saw the first FT Business of Luxury Forum in New York in January 2013 – a complementary prelude to the central FT Business of Luxury Summit – that featured a keynote address from Diane von Furstenberg, Co-chairman and Founder, Diane von Furstenberg.

The FT Business of Luxury Summit attracts senior executives from global luxury brands, luxury consultants, brand experts, fund managers, M&A specialists and securities and retail analysts.

Previous Summits have been held in Marrakech, Lausanne, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Shanghai, Venice, Tokyo and Monte Carlo.

For more information about the 2013 FT Business of Luxury Summit and a full list of speakers, visit http://www.ftbusinessofluxury.com/. Further news about the Summit will be available via @FTLiveTweets and #FTLuxury13.

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