the gentlewoman

Apollonia Poilâne

Apollonia Poilâne is CEO and owner of the world famous French boulanger Poilâne. She worked in the bakery as a child, completing the company’s nine-month apprenticeship programme upon graduating from high school. At the age of 18 Apollonia found herself at the head of the artisanal bread empire following the untimely death of her parents. Under her leadership the company has prospered over the past decade as she completed her degree at Harvard Business School, introduced confectionary to the company’s offering and opened a new café in London. Apollonia is a fluent speaker in English, French and Spanish and a keen horse rider.