Laurence Laure, retired partner; Alexis Arnault is appointed partner, media relations
KCD has promoted Alexis Arnault to Associate, Media Relations at KCD Paris. Alexis is currently Managing Director, Media Relations, KCD Paris, a position he has held since October 2017. He will work alongside Laurence Laure, Partner and Managing Director of the KCD Paris Office, to ensure the transition of the office leading up to his retirement this fall.
Laurence was hired when KCD was looking to expand into Europe with a Paris office. KCD Paris opened in 1999 and Laurence led the financial structure and business development. She also served as a mentor and leader to the Paris team, which grew from just three to over 25.
“Laurence will be greatly missed,” notes Julie Mannion, president of KCD. “She is the heart of our Paris office and has been instrumental in its growth and development. We are so excited for her next chapter, but she will always remain in the KCD family.
During his 18 years at KCD Paris, Alexis has been an integral part of the Paris Media Relations team, which serves as the European hub for the agency. As Managing Director, Alexis was responsible for developing the Paris Media Relations team and developing new business for the Paris office and the KCD Media Relations Group worldwide. He has managed critical accounts such as Balmain, Mugler, Gap, AMI, Wooyoungmi and Amazon Fashion, most recently working with Marine Serre, Brunello Cucinelli and Iris Van Herpen, as well as events and initiatives for brands such as Alexander McQueen , Bottega Veneta, and Armani.
Alexis provides strategic leadership to agency clients, which has led to KCD’s continued growth in the European market,” said Julie Mannion, President of KCD. “His dedication to the team, which has doubled in size since he started at the agency, is immeasurable, and we are proud that he continues to lead the office and the agency from both a client and the structure.”
As a partner, Arnault will lead KCD’s Paris office while developing and implementing the agency’s strategic direction and vision alongside President, Julie Mannion and KCD’s six global partners in New York, Paris and London.