LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton has appointed a new director of human resources.

Chantal Gaemperlé, 44, joins the French group from Nestlé , where she was head of corporate management development and sourcing since 2001.

Gaemperlé will join the group in March as a member of the executive committee, and succeeds Concetta Lanciaux who is retiring from the group to take up an external post as head of a new strategic consultancy.

"We are delighted to welcome Chantal Gaemperlé to LVMH where she will bring a great deal of talent, energy and experience," said Bernard Arnault, LVMH's chairman and CEO.

"I thank Madame Lanciaux for the exceptional quality of her work over the past twenty years and wish her every success with her new enterprise."

Late last year, LVMH said that sales from its beverage alcohol business in the first nine months of 2006 rose by 12% year-on-year, coming in at EUR1.9bn (US$2.4bn). The figure contrasted against a 16% year-on-year leap in sales for the first half of 2006.