Deidre C. Beckett '86

Vice President for Legal Affairs, LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton

Deirdre C. Beckett '86 is vice president, legal affairs for the American subsidiary of Paris-based LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton, the global disseminator of good taste through brands like Louis Vuitton, Dom Perignon, Veuve Cliquot, Givenchy, Fendi, Kenzo, Christian Dior and TAG Heuer. To Beckett, her employer's luxury goods make the work day fun, and the opportunity to work in-house really excites Beckett. As vice president, legal affairs of LVMH, she says, "I am closely tied to the business, understanding the priorities of LVMH is essential."

Beckett chiefly guides LVMH in litigation and employment disputes, yet because of the small size of the legal department, she may find herself poring over wine and spirits regulatory restrictions one day and advising LVMH on trademark or antitrust matters the next. This variety originally attracted Beckett to the position. However, Beckett admits the frequent trips to Paris , Los Angeles and San Francisco , as well as her Manhattan office, nicely situated within walking distance of her home and the stores, are pleasant perks too.