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Richemont appoints Van Cleef & Arpels CEO as new Cartier CEO

Richemont has announced the appointment of Stanislas de Quercize as the chief executive officer of Cartier to succeed Bernard Fornas, by the end of this calendar year.

The new appointment comes after Fornas, the current chief executive officer, turned 65 years old this month.

De Quercize is currently chief executive officer of Van Cleef & Arpels and will continue in that role until he assumes his new position. He has had an extensive career within the Group, since 1989, having worked with Montblanc, Alfred Dunhill, Cartier – where he rose to be president of Cartier in the United States – and, since 2005, Van Cleef & Arpels.

De Quercize will be succeeded as chief executive officer of Van Cleef & Arpels by Nicolas Bos, who is currently creative director of Van Cleef & Arpels and chief executive of Van Cleef & Arpels North America.

Richemont executive chairman and chief executive officer Johann Rupert, said: “Over the last decade, Bernard Fornas has led Cartier in an entrepreneurial and highly professional manner. He has been responsible during that period for Cartier’s growth strategy and has overseen its geographical expansion, most notably into new markets in Asia. Under Bernard’s leadership, Cartier has thrived and is now exceptionally well positioned as the world’s pre-eminent international jewellery Maison. This is due in no small measure to the commitment, enthusiasm and hard work of Bernard and the excellent management team that he has built.

“Stanislas de Quercize has proved himself to be a highly effective leader at Van Cleef & Arpels and has successfully overseen its development, fully respecting the traditions and heritage of that Maison.”

Fornas will continue to have a senior management role within the Group, working closely with Johann Rupert and Richard Lepeu. He will remain as a member of Richemont’s Group Management Committee. In due course, De Quercize will also become a member of the Management Committee.

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