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For more than 25 years, Pauline Brown has acquired, built and led global luxury brands. She currently is writing a book about aesthetic intelligence – what it is, why it matters and how it can be harnessed to transform businesses — which will be released in 2019 by HarperCollins Publishers. The book is based on a graduate school course, called The Business of Aesthetics, that she designed and taught at the Harvard Business School from 2016 through 2017. Prior to 2016, Pauline was the Chairman of North America for the world’s leading luxury goods company, LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, where she provided regional leadership for 70 brands in 5 sectors, including fashion & leather goods, watches & jewelry, perfumes & cosmetics, wines & spirits, and selective retailing. While at LVMH, she also served on the Board of Directors of L Capital, a private equity fund backed by LVMH, as well as the Boards of several LVMH subsidiaries, including Donna Karan, Marc Jacobs, and Fresh Cosmetics. Before joining LVMH, Pauline was a Managing Director at the private equity firm, The Carlyle Group, where she helped to build the firm’s consumer and retail practice. While at Carlyle, she invested in and served as a board member for Carlyle-owned portfolio companies, including the European sportswear brand Moncler and the American beauty brand Philosophy. Earlier in her career, she held senior executive positions in the global beauty industry. Most notably, she was the head of Corporate Strategy and New Business Development at The Estee Lauder Companies, responsible for all mergers, acquisitions and licensing activities. During her tenure, she helped to expand Estee Lauder's portfolio from 8 to 25 distinct beauty brands. She began her career as a Management Consultant at Bain & Company. Pauline currently serves as an independent director of several boards, including the publicly-traded steakhouse chain, Del Frisco’s Restaurant Group. In the non-profit arena, she sits on the Board of Governors of the Parsons School of Design. In addition, Pauline hosts a weekly talk show on SiriusXM (Stars 109), called “Tastemakers,” on which she interviews creative leaders, innovators and influencers. Pauline received a B.A. from Dartmouth College and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and she currently sits on Wharton’s Executive Alumni Board. She is 2008 Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute and a member of the Fellowship's board of overseers.