Anthony Chalhoub

Anthony Chalhoub is currently joint Chief Executive Officer of the Chalhoub Group and General Manager of four luxury brand distribution companies in the region: Habchi & Chalhoub, the Louis Vuitton joint venture, MAC and Fitra.

It was in 1975 that Anthony joined the Group founded and managed by his father, immersing himself in business life by moving to Kuwait where his parents had already been working for several years developing Franco-Kuwaiti relations. He worked hard to promote and gain acceptance from the prominent names in perfumes, high fashion and jewelry.

Mindful of maintaining the image of the brands that placed their trust in him and to keep France's high profile in the Middle East; he has performed all his functions as Overseas Trade Counselor starting in 1991 and took an active part in the "France in Kuwait" exhibitions of 1991, 1994, 1996 and 2004.

On three occasions Anthony has made a success of France's submissions when the Emirate awarded contracts for fitting out palaces (Bayan Palace). The last one, worth more than 9 million euros, will undoubtedly long remain the biggest in the history of table arts.

In 1993, aware of the chance available for French traditions to acquire an exceptional shop window in Kuwait, he won, in competition against four experienced international competitors, the concession for the duty free shops at Kuwait airport and opened Kuwait airport duty free which has since become an unmissable port of call for every departing traveler. As a co-founder member of the MEDFA (Middle East Duty Free Association) he has served twice as its Vice-President and was recently elected as President.

As a founder of the CFK (Kuwait's Francophone Circle) and patron in his time in a region that is sensitive to Bedouin traditions, Anthony supports two French archeological missions in the region, cooperating with the French and Kuwaiti governments: the Jean-François Salles mission on Kuwait's Failaka island and the Luc Bachelot dig in Northern Syria, whose finds - Aramaic tablets, lost and forgotten monasteries - have been a fitting reward for the work that has been put in.

He took part in publishing two monographs on the Emirate of Kuwait: Kuwait, The Mysteries of a Destiny (Hachette, 1980) and Kuwait (Larousse, 1989).

As an active member of K.A.C.C.H. (working for the sick children of Kuwait), he is a Knight of the Order of Malta and a Knight of the Order of Merit.

A former student of the American University of Beirut, Anthony holds a BA in economic science at the University of Saint-Joseph in Beirut. He speaks fluent English, Arabic and French.

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