June 2013 : Gérald Roden, Jérôme Lambert, Stéphane Linder, Guillaume Alix…

Already CEO ad interim of Perrelet since the spring, Gérald Roden is taking over the vice-chairmanship of the Festina group of which he also becomes CEO, upon the retirement of Jean-Claude Schwarz. His experience in Asia and Europe had propelled Gérald Roden to the head of Daniel Roth and Gérald Genta, and most recently of de Grisogono.


After 11 years at the head of Jaeger-LeCoultre, along with chairing A. Lange & Söhne from 2009 to 2012, Jérôme Lambert has been appointed by the Richemont Group as CEO for the Montblanc brand, of which he will be handling all activities from Hamburg as of July.


Stéphane Linder has been rewarded for 20 years of loyal services at the TAG Heuer headquarters and in its American subsidiary by his May 2013 appointment to the position of CEO (see the interview on page 58), following on from Jean-Christophe Babin who is to take the helm of Bvlgari.


Prior to taking up his appointment as the new CEO of Cartier Switzerland in May, Guillaume Alix was in charge of marketing and communication for the brand in the USA, after serving as Chief of Staff to the President of Cartier International, and an initial experience at Cartier Hong Kong.


The Industrial Director of Jaeger-LeCoultre, Daniel Riedo, is the newly appointed CEO of the “Grande Maison in the Vallée de Joux”, having joined the company in January 2011 after working in the Rolex production department and for the Tudor brand as a whole. The smooth transition with Jérôme Lambert will be finalised during the summer.


Initially hired as a consultant, Jan Edöcs (who previously worked for the Swatch Group and the Milus brand) agreed to take on the role of Hanhart CEO in April, and duly enlisted the services of Roderich Hess (who had been with Montblanc) as the new Director of Marketing and Sales. The dynamic duo had two weeks to prepare for Baselworld and handle 180 appointments there.

Brice Lechevalier is editor-in-chief of GMT and Skippers, which he co-founded in 2000 and 2001 respectively. He has also been CEO of WorldTempus since it joined the GMT Publishing stable, of which he is director and joint shareholder. In 2012 he created the Geneva Watch Tour, and he has been an advisor to the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève since 2011. Also closely involved in sailing, he has published the magazine of the Société Nautique de Genève since 2003, and was one of the founders of the SUI Sailing Awards in 2009 and the Concours d’Elégance for motor boats at the Cannes Yachting Festival in 2015.

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