Berndt Hauptkorn studied in Germany and England, earning a masters degree in Business Administration and a PhD in Laws of Economics.
He started his professional career in Advertising, before joining the strategy consulting firm The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and its global consumer goods & media practice.
Berndt moved on to the JAB Holding Company, a privately held group focused on long-term investments in premium brands, where he became the founding CEO of the group’s luxury holding and afterwards the global CEO of Bally.
Afterwards, he joined the Japanese high-street retailer Fast Retailing as a Global Officer and oversaw the European strategy and operations as CEO of Uniqlo Europe.
Since 2015, Berndt is working with CHANEL in Paris as President of the Region Europe. He oversees the business of the brand’s fashion, fragrance & beauty and watches & jewellery divisions.