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quinta-feira, 18 de agosto de 2011

Michele Sofisti novo CEO do Sowind Group (Girard-Perregaux)

O grupo de luxo francês PPR anunciou hoje a nomeação, com efeitos imediatos, de Michele Sofisti como CEO do Sowind Group, onde detém 50,1 por cento do capital. Será coadjuvado por Stefano Macaluso, Managing Director da Girard-Perregaux, e Massimo Macaluso, Managing Director da JeanRichard e da Manufactura, que permanecem nos seus cargos. A família Macaluso detém os restantes 49,9 por cento do capital do grupo de Alta Relojoaria suíço.

Michele Sofisti continuará a ser Chief Executive Officer Gucci Group Watches and Jewellery, além de membro do Board of Directors da Gucci Timepieces Hong Kong, China, Taiwan and Japan.

Perito em Alta relojoaria, Michele Sofisti entrou para o Gucci Group Watches em 2009, como Strategic Advisor. Foi promovido em 2010 ao cargo de CEO.

Do comunicado do PPR:

Commenting on this announcement, François-Henri Pinault, CEO of PPR and President of Sowind Group, said: "I am pleased to welcome Michele Sofisti to this new role. Michele has strong management expertise within the high-end watchmaking segment. I am confident that he will be able to develop Sowind Group’s growth on the international market, just as he is successfully doing currently at Gucci Group Watches.”

Michele Sofisti commented: “I am delighted to be offered the opportunity to further develop this high-end watchmaking manufacture, which includes such a prestigious brand as Girard- Perregaux. I am looking forward to work alongside Monica Macaluso and with Stefano and Massimo Macaluso to bring Sowind Group’s growth potential to full fruition.”

About Michele Sofisti

Michele Sofisti has extensive experience in the watchmaking industry. Before creating Sofos Management, his own activity devoted to international strategy, marketing and management consulting, in 2005, Michele Sofisti was President of Swatch AG (Switzerland) for five years. He also served as President of Fred Jewellers and Christian Dior watches at LVMH, following his initial experience in the Swatch Group as Vice-President and then President of OMEGA SA. He began his career as a Geologist, then entering Ferrari where he was promoted as CEO of Ferrari Germany. An Italian national, Michele Sofisti earned a degree in Geology from the University of Parma.

About Sowind Group

Based in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Sowind Group is a Swiss Haute Horlogerie group that includes the Girard-Perregaux and JeanRichard brands, and also Sowind Manufacture, which develops and produces a complete portfolio of high-end watch movements (more than 100 variants) and collections of mechanical watches. The R&D Centre is the cornerstone of the Group and concentrates a large part of investments.

Girard-Perregaux traces its origins back to 1791, and the 220 years of history of the brand are marked by numerous inventions that combine design with state-of-the-art technology, such as the renowned “Tourbillon with Three Gold Bridges” created by Constant Girard in the 19th century. Girard-Perregaux operates worldwide with 500 high prestige sales outlets and 11 boutiques in Asia, the United States and Europe. JeanRichard, a brand dedicated to Daniel JeanRichard (who pioneered watchmaking in the Swiss Jura Mountains during the 17th century) presents an always innovative interpretation of traditional watchmaking. Since July 5, 2011, PPR has become majority shareholder of Sowind Group with 50.1% of the shares, 49.9% being owned by the Macaluso family.

About PPR

PPR nurtures a group of high-growth global brands distributed in more than 120 countries. In 2010, PPR generated revenues of €14.6 billion and had over 60,000 employees at year end. The PPR share is listed on Euronext Paris (FR 0000121485, PRTP.PA, PPFP).

To explore the PPR brand universe, please visit the Luxury brands (Gucci, Bottega Veneta, Yves Saint Laurent, Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Boucheron, Girard-Perregaux, JeanRichard, Sergio Rossi and Stella McCartney), the Sport & Lifestyle brands (Puma, Volcom, Cobra, Electric and Tretorn), Fnac and Redcats.

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