Jordi Constans, a senior executive at French food group Danone, is being lined up as the next chief executive of luxury label Louis Vuitton, where he will succeed Yves Carcelle at the end of next year.

Brand owner LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton yesterday (14 September) said Constans will spend 2012 familiarising himself with the LVMH Group, before taking over from Carcelle.

Constans has joined the luxury firm from Danone, where he was most recently the executive vice president of the fresh dairy products division.

Yves Carcelle has led Louis Vuitton since 1990, and in the 21 years of his tenure has led the label to spectacular growth.

He will remain a member of the LVMH executive committee and will undertake strategic roles alongside chairman and CEO Bernard Arnault. He will also become president of the 'Fondation Louis Vuitton', a museum designed by architect Frank Gehry that is set to open in early 2013.