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Christian Kemp-Griffin

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Christian KempGriffin was born and raised in Canada, until he left for the United States for his university degree, which he completed at Princeton in 1986.His career started back in Canada with the leading clothing retailer, Holt Renfrew, where he managed a team on the shop floor and then became director of merchandise control for the group.Three years later Christian and his wife moved to Paris and he took a job with Polo Ralph Lauren, heading up the buying and merchandising for Europe, a position he held for 7 years.He was then recruited to The Walt Disney Company in the consumer products division where he became director of licensing, managing over 200 clothing licensees across Europe, Africa and the Middle East. He held this position for 3 years.KempGriffin later moved to work for Devanlay (worldwide licensee for Lacoste), as global vice president for marketing and product development for the Lacoste brand. Under his leadership in marketing, public relations, advertising, design and visual merchandising, Lacoste experienced significant worldwide growth.In July 2005, Christian was contacted by Bono and his wife, Ali Hewson, to become CEO of Edun clothing. He has been with the organisation since October, 2005 and has spent considerable time in building his team and developing African sourcing. Since the recent investment from LVMH in May 2009, KempGriffin is now chief mission officer and concentrates all his time on Edun's mission work and driving the Edun LIVE brand.Christian KempGriffin was born and raised in Canada, until he left for the United States for his university degree, which he completed at Princeton in 1986.
His career started back in Canada with the leading clothing retailer, Holt Renfrew, where he managed a team on the shop floor and then became director of merchandise control for the group.
Three years later Christian and his wife moved to Paris and he took a job with Polo Ralph Lauren, heading up the buying and merchandising for Europe, a position he held for 7 years.
He was then recruited to The Walt Disney Company in the consumer products division where he became director of licensing, managing over 200 clothing licensees across Europe, Africa and the Middle East. He held this position for 3 years.
KempGriffin later moved to work for Devanlay (worldwide licensee for Lacoste), as global vice president for marketing and product development for the Lacoste brand. Under his leadership in marketing, public relations, advertising, design and visual merchandising, Lacoste experienced significant worldwide growth.
In July 2005, Christian was contacted by Bono and his wife, Ali Hewson,