Burberry has announced that Antoine Bernard de Saint-Affrique has been appointed to the board as a non-executive director and member of its audit and nomination committees. His roles will come into effect from 1 January 2021.
Bernard de Saint-Affrique is currently CEO of the Barry Callebaut Group, a manufacturer of chocolate and cocoa products.
Prior to joining Barry Callebaut in 2015, he held several senior roles at Unilever as president of the foods division and member of the executive committee.
From 2008 to March 2020, Bernard de Saint-Affrique served as non-executive director of Essilor International, ophthalmic optics company.
Gerry Murphy, chairman for Burberry group said: “Antoine’s international business experience, strong understanding of consumers and focus on sustainability will be hugely valuable to Burberry. We are delighted that he has accepted our invitation to join the Burberry Board.”
News of the appointment comes as Burberry recently announced that revenue fell by 31% to £878m in its latest half-year results, which was attributed to the continuous impact of Covid-19.
The fashion house has since reported some recovery, with a sequential improvement seen in comparable store sales, which were down 6% in the second quarter of FY2021, up from the 45% decline reported in the first quarter.
Looking ahead, the group said it is encouraged by the recovery seen in the second quarter of FY2021, but nonetheless “remains conscious of the uncertain macroeconomic environment” caused by the pandemic.