Bernard Fornas Leaves Richemont

Richard Lepeu will now become the sole chief executive of Richemont.

The Luxonomist. 31/03/2016

Compagnie Financière Richemont announces the retirement of Mr Bernard Fornas from his current role as Co-Chief Executive Officer with effect from 31 March 2016. He will also retire from Richemont’s Senior Executive Committee and the Group Management Committee. From 1 April, Mr Fornas will continue to serve on the Board of Directors as a Non-Executive Director and will serve on its Nominations Committee. He will stand for re-election by the shareholders at the next Annual General Meeting (‘AGM’).

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Cartier luxury store (Photo: Xaume Olleros/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Mr Fornas has served as Co-Chief Executive Officer, alongside Mr Richard Lepeu, since April 2013 and as a member of the Board since September 2013. He joined Cartier in 1994 and, over the following 22 years, has made an outstanding contribution to the profitable growth of that Maison and to the Group in general. The Board looks forward to his contribution in the years ahead.

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Fashion and jewelry is presented at the white party dinner hosted by Andrea and Veronica Bocelli sponsored by Cartier (Photo: Andrew Goodman)

Mr Johann Rupert, Chairman of Richemont, said: “Bernard Fornas has contributed hugely to the development of Cartier, and latterly the larger Richemont group, over the past 22 years. Through his understanding of luxury, his leadership skills and his keen eye for detail, he has been a major figure in the significant growth that the Group has enjoyed over the past decade. As the luxury goods domain evolves around us, Richemont’s Board is delighted that Bernard has chosen to serve Richemont’s shareholders for many more years to come.”

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Jessica Chastain shines in Piaget

Richemont also announces that Mr Cyrille Vigneron, Chief Executive Officer of Cartier, will become a member of the Senior Executive Committee with effect from 1 April 2016. He will continue to be a member of the Group Management Committee. As previously announced, Mr Vigneron will stand for election to the Board of Directors at the next AGM.

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Eva Riccobono, Clive Owen and Sarah Gadon attend the party in tribute to the Reverso hosted by Jaeger-LeCoultre as part of the SIHH (Photo by Lennart Preiss/Getty Images)

Richemont owns a portfolio of leading international brands or ‘Maisons’ which are managed independently of one another, recognising their individuality and uniqueness. The businesses operate in four areas: Jewellery Maisons, being Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels and Giampiero Bodino; Specialist watchmakers, being A. Lange & Söhne, Baume & Mercier, IWC Schaffhausen, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Officine Panerai, Piaget, Roger Dubuis and Vacheron Constantin, as well as the Ralph Lauren Watch and Jewelry joint venture and Other, being Alfred Dunhill, Chloé, Lancel, Montblanc as well as other smaller Maisons and watch component manufacturing activities for third parties.

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