Sophie L’Helias began her career as an M&A attorney in New York and Paris. She later joined an event-driven hedge fund in New York as Managing Director and founded a strategic corporate governance advisory firm with a focus on shareholder activism. An expert on governance issues, she is co-founder of the International Corporate Governance Network (www.ICGN.org) and founder of LeaderXXchange™ a purpose-driven organization that delivers innovative solutions to investors, companies and other market participants that seek to radically increase leadership and board diversity.
Sophie holds an MBA from INSEAD, an LLM from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Masters of Laws from the law schools of the University of Pantheon-Sorbonne- Paris I, following law studies at the University of Saarbrücken, Germany.
She serves on the board of Kering (KER), chairs the compensation committee and serves on the audit committee. Kering is listed on Euronext Paris and global luxury group that includes Gucci, Saint Laurent, Balenciaga, Alexander McQueen and other powerful global luxury brands (www.kering.com).
Sophie is a member of the Global Advisory Board of the Lazardis Institute for the Management of Technology Enterprises, as well as Senior Fellow at The Conference Board, Governance Center and at the Samuel and Ronnie Heyman Center on Corporate Governance at Cardozo Law School in New York.
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