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Unlike authors of many leadership books, Maureen Chiquet strives to teach by example. From her childhood fascination with everything French, her education at Yale, her first job at L’Oréal, her career climb at The Gap to become president of Banana Republic and, finally, her years as global CEO at Chanel, she reveals her experience as a business leader, a wife and a mother. Her successes, failures and defining moments – at work and at home – impart valuable lessons you can get only from a first-person account. Strivers at any stage of their careers will enjoy her engaging success story.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How Maureen Chiquet became global CEO of Chanel,
  • What leadership lessons she learned during her journey and
  • How to apply these lessons in your quest for success.
 

About the Author

Maureen Popkin Chiquet was the global CEO of fashion house Chanel from 2007 to 2016. She is the former president of Banana Republic and helped launch Old Navy.

 

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Growing Up

Maureen Popkin Chiquet was born in 1963 and grew up in Creve Coeur, a suburb of Saint Louis. Her father was a litigation lawyer and wine connoisseur, and her mother loved the arts. She was a quiet girl who worked hard in school and adored books and movies. Her mother took her and her two sisters to museums and theaters and on nature hikes to cultivate their interest in aesthetics and an appreciation for beauty.


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