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Longtime Hermes luxury group boss dies

May 3, 2010

PARIS, May 2, 2010 (AFP) - Jean-Louis Dumas, who chaired the French luxury goods group Hermes for almost three decades until 2006, has died at the age of 72, his spokesman said on Sunday 2 May.

Jean-Louis Dumas and Jean Paul Gaultier - Photo : AFP

Dumas took over in 1978 as head of the illustrious fashion and luxury house, which was founded by his family five generations earlier, in 1837.

He died on Saturday 1 May in Paris.

Under his leadership, Hermes became a global brand, turning over 1.9 billion euros in 2009, with wide-ranging interests including stakes in the prestigious German camera maker Leica or Jean-Paul Gaultier's fashion house.

Suffering from ill-health, Dumas stood down as Hermes manager and artistic director in January 2006.

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