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Watches of Switzerland unveils leadership shakeup

Further leadership promotions include Craig Bolton to president of the Watches of Switzerland Group in the UK and Europe, and David Hurley as president in North America

The Watches of Switzerland Group PLC has announced the appointment of Chabi Nouri to the board as an independent non-executive director and a member of the company’s ESG Committee, effective from 1 May 2022.

Prior to her new role, Nouri was president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Piaget, with over 20 years of experience working with luxury goods companies. Previously, she has held various senior roles in the luxury sector spanning management, retail operations and marketing, including global head of Jewellery, and head of Retail Operations at Cartier. 

After seven years with Piaget, Nouri took on a strategic advisory role with the Richemont Group, reporting to its CEO, and is currently a Private Equity Partner of Mirabaud and co-fund manager of the Mirabaud Lifestyle franchise.

Meanwhile, the group has also announced a series of further appointments for its senior management team, including the promotion of Craig Bolton, the current UK executive director, to president of the Watches of Switzerland Group in the UK and Europe.

Additionally, David Hurley, currently the executive vice president of the US, has also been appointed president in North America. Hurley has also been appointed as deputy CEO of the group amid the company’s growth plans in the US market.

Ian Carter, chairman, said: “On behalf of the board, I would like to welcome Chabi to the company. Chabi joins us with a wealth of experience and relevant expertise, and we look forward to working with her.”

Brian Duffy, CEO, added: “Chabi has outstanding luxury retail experience, particularly in the watch and jewellery sector, and we are delighted to welcome someone of her pedigree and expertise to the board. I am certain we will benefit greatly from her knowledge and perspective. 

“I would like to congratulate David and Craig on their respective appointments. Our management structure continues to develop in response to and in anticipation of our business development. I look forward to working with them as we continue to execute our Long Range Plan.”

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