Daily Archives: July 12, 2011

Viviane Reding

Viviane Reding

There will be a touch of Parisian glamour at the Commission’s stuffy Berlaymont headquarters today as LVMH, the French luxury titan, drops in to chat business and gender with justice commissioner Viviane Reding.

The holding company behind Christian Dior and Louis Vuitton will publicly sign a Commission pledge to include at least 40 per cent women on its supervisory board by 2020.

Behind the effortless elegance of this afternoon’s event, a hard-nosed political battle on corporate regulation is unfolding.

Boardroom gender equality is gearing to be a big issue for Reding, who in Brussels is still best known for her popular crusade as telecoms commissioner to get mobile phone roaming fees down to nearly reasonable levels. Read more