Chalhoub Group co-CEO Anthony Chalhoub has died in Paris at the age of 63 after battling cancer for several years, the company has announced.
The Chalhoub Group is the largest retail operator in the Middle East, and around the world has over 12,000 employees and a presence in 14 countries, operating over 600 outlets for brands including Louis Vuitton and Dior.
Founded by his parents in 1975, Chalhoub joined the company 43 years ago, when it only had 30 employees, and has been instrumental in the evolution and the development of the Group. He was also the co-founder of the Middle East and Africa Duty Free Association and served as its president between 2007 and 2011.
In an Instagram post, Chalhoub Group Talent said that Anthony “was an extraordinary man and a fearless leader driven by passion and determination.”
“We will always remember his humanitarian spirit, honesty, humility and kindness,” the post added. “We will continue to live by his legacy and values forever.”
An official statement from The Chalhoub Group said: "With his humanitarian spirit, humbleness, honesty, compassion, kindness and his sense of humour, Anthony touched so many hearts. Those who have been fortunate enough to know him have lost a dear friend and an inspiring mentor." The statement continued: "Anthony leaves us with great memories and the dreams he kept alive. We will continue to live by his legacy and the values he embodied."
Chalhoub is survived by his wife Edith, his children Aurelia and Michel, his parents Michel and Widad and brother Patrick.
Our thoughts are with his family and friends during this difficult time.