ANDAM, France’s leading independent award for young talent, has added three high-level luxury executives from Hermès, Kering and LVMH to its board in a significant overhaul of the organization. They are Guillaume de Seynes, Hermès director general; Jean-François Palus, the rugby-fan director general of Kering and Sidney Toledano, the CEO of the LVMH Fashion Group, had all been elected members of the Conseil d’Administration, or board of ANDAM. The news will be seen, in part, as a rapprochement between ANDAM and LVMH, which has focused in the past half decade on its own LVMH Prize, albeit the two prizes have slightly different formats. Founded in 1989 by fashion editor Nathalie Dufour, ANDAM has grown to be a highly influential award for young international talent, with a proven track record of picking important up and coming designers. The president of ANDAM continues to be Guillaume Houzé, a senior member of the family that owns Galeries Lafayette, France’s most important department store chain.