Michel Chalhoub, founder and chairman of the Dubai-based Chalhoub Group, died Friday at 89. The corporate confirmed his passing on Monday.
Born in Damascus in 1931, Michel Chalhoub was a pioneering retail entrepreneur who alongside together with his spouse, Widad, based the Chalhoub Group by opening a Christofle boutique within the Center East when he was solely 23.
The group grew to be the area’s largest luxurious retail operator with greater than 700 shops and a workforce of greater than 12,000 individuals throughout 14 international locations. The Chalhoub Group has partnerships with LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton within the Center East and greater than 300 different manufacturers that embody Christian Louboutin, Tod’s, Michael Kors, Sephora, L’Occitane, Lacoste and Tory Burch. Chalhoub additionally owns and operates pioneering ideas like Stage Sneakers, billed because the world’s largest shoe retailer, housed throughout the large Dubai Mall.
Michel Chalhoub navigated the enterprise via turmoil within the area, shifting its headquarters from Syria to Lebanon and, when civil warfare hit, to Kuwait. As soon as once more pushed out by turmoil, he moved the corporate to Dubai in 1990.
“My father was a visionary, a pioneer, a real chief, a terrific man that pushed us to be what we’re in the present day,” mentioned Patrick Chalhoub, president of Chalhoub Group. “He was resilient, inspiring, passionate. He was a household man, beneficiant, loving, caring, type, and an instance of braveness and integrity. He was my function mannequin and inspiration. We are going to endlessly be pleased about all that he has finished and, together with our kids and groups, we are going to honor his reminiscence with our lifetime dedication to proceed constructing on his legacy.”
Michel Chalhoub was preceded in demise by his son Anthony, who served as co-president of the group, in 2018.
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