The Latest Appointments at Paco Rabanne, InterContinental Hotels, BMW, Dior, Infiniti, Schiaparelli, Hermès, Carl F. Bucherer & BuyMyWardrobe.


One of the latest European brands to be ‘rescued’ to foreign investment, Aquascutum’s new management has chosen to part ways with design director Joanna Sykes.

According to WWD, Tim Dally, Aquascutum’s new chief executive officer said her departure was a mutually agreed decision. “It is very early days for us as a new management team, but we will shortly announce structural changes that will focus the business and ensure the longevity of this incredible British heritage brand.”

Over at Moncler, Joseph J. Barrato, president of North American operations, is set to retire at the end of June 2012. Barrato, now 71, has spent more than 50 years in the apparel industry, working as president of Ralph Lauren Purple and Black Label men’s wear divisions and CEO of Brioni USA.


Caden Stobart, President, Alexandre Birman

Footwear brand Alexandre Birman has tapped Caden Stobart as global president. Mr. Stobart most recently served as president of the Americas at Sergio Rossi and will report directly to Birman.

Source: WWD


Cheryl Dixon, SVP Marketing, Antiquorum

American watch auction house Antiquorum has appointed Cheryl Dixon as its new vice president of marketing and communication. Ms. Dixon was most recently executive director of communications at Chanel and will now be responsible for designing and implementing all global marketing efforts at Antiquorum.

Source: Watch Pro


Stephane Fischler, President, Antwerp World Diamond Centre

The board of directors of the AWDC elected Stephane Fischler as the organisation’s new president, succeeding succeeds Nishit ‘Bali’ Parikh. Mr. Fischler is a founding member of the World Diamond Council (WDC), and has served as vice president of the AWDC over the past two years.

Source: Israeli Diamond Industry


Scott Keogh, President, Audi of America

Following the resignation of its chief Johan de Nysschen, Audi of America has announced Scott Keogh as its new president. Mr. Keogh most recently served as marketing chief for Audi, following six years of service with the brand, after tenure at Mercedes-Benz for just over a decade.

Source: Motor Authority


Dr. Wolfgang Schreiber, Chairman & CEO, Bentley Motors, Bugatti

The current CEO of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, Dr. Wolfgang Schreiber, will become chairman and chief executive at both Bentley Motors & Bugatti effective September 1, 2012. He succeeds Wolfgang Dürheimer, who will move to become a member of the Board of Management for Technical Development at Audi AG.



Karim Habib, Head of Design, BMW

BMW has promoted its current chief of exterior design, Karim Habib, to the new role of head of design for the BMW brand. The Lebanon-born Canadian has so far been responsible for the design of several important BMW models over the years, including the exteriors of current BMW models such as the 7-Series and new 3-Series.

Source: Motor Authority


Mimma Viglezio, Board, BuyMyWardrobe

BuyMyWardrobe, an online marketplace for pre-loved luxury designer fashion, has appointed Mimma Viglezio, formerly Executive Vice President of Global Communications at The Gucci Group to its board of directors. Ms. Viglezio joins the company as a shareholder and director as part of the businesses expansion.

Source: Fashion United


Roland Ackermann, EVP, Carl F. Bucherer

Effective July 1st 2012, Roland Ackermann will serve as EVP sales at independent watch brand Carl F. Bucherer. Mr Ackermann will assume responsibility for all sales and the worldwide distribution of Carl F. Bucherer watches, as well as for new market development.

Source: Trusted Watch


Michel Bernardaud, President, Comité Colbert

French luxury goods association Comité Colbert has elected Michel Bernardaud – CEO of porcelain manufacturer Bernardaud – as its president for the next four years, succeeding Françoise Montenay. The committee has also accepted three new members: French furniture and jewelry designer Hervé van der Straeten, Belgian leather goods manufacturer Delvaux, and Polish cosmetics firm Dr Irena Eris.

Source: WWD


Judy Collinson, US Merchandise Manager, Dior

Former Barneys New York executive Judy Collinson has been appointed general merchandise manager at Dior for the U.S market, reporting to Karen Watkins, executive vice president of Christian Dior Inc. Ms. Collinson is best known for her service as head of women’s at Barneys New York.

Source: WWD


Axel Dumas, CEO, Hermès

Axel Dumas has been named as the next family member to lead Hermès, effective 2013, replacing current CEO Patrick Thomas. Mr. Dumas, one of the nephews of Jean-Louis Dumas, currently serves as general manager of operations.

Source: CPP Luxury


Patrick Cescau, Chairman, InterContinental Hotels

InterContinental Hotels Group has announced Patrick Cescau as successor to current chairman David Webster, effective January 1st 2013. Mr. Cescau currently sits on the boards of International Consolidated Airlines Group, Tesco and Pearson, and served as chief executive of Unilever from 2005 to 2008.

Source: RTT News


Johan de Nysschen, SVP, Infiniti

Following a recent management shakeup at the Volkswagen Group, Audi’s U.S. president Johan de Nysschen resigned and has been appointed the senior vice president of Infiniti, effective July 1st 2013. Prior to his resignation, de Nysschen served Audi for 19 years in South Africa, Japan, and most recently the United States.

Source: Motor Trend


Jacques Challes, Chief Innovation Officer, L’Oreal

Jacques Challes has been appointed chief innovation officer at L’Oréal, succeeding Nicolas Rosselli, who will retire as of July 1. Mr. Challes has served with L’Oreal since 1982, originally as a marking director in france and most recently, as the managing director of India since 2008.

Source: WWD


Lydia Maurer, Creative Director, Paco Rabanne

Following the recent departure of Manish Arora, German designer Lydia Maurer has been appointed creative director of Paco Rabanne’s ready-to-wear collections. A graduate from Paris’ Studio Berçot, the designer has worked for Yves Saint Laurent and Givenchy, and will debut her first Paco Rabanne collection in October 2012.



Camilla Schiavone, CEO, Schiaparelli

As part of its planned re-launch under the leadership of Diego Della Valle, Schiaparelli has appointed former L’Oreal fragrance brand manager Camilla Schiavone as CEO. The brand is yet to name a creative director but will launch its first collection in February 2013, focusing on accessories, fragrance, cosmetics and a few items of ready-to-wear.




For more in the series of The Latest Appointments, please see our most recent editions as follows:

- The Latest Appointments: PPR, Audi & Jumeirah Group
- The Latest Appointments: Cartier, Cacharel & Christian Dior
- The Latest Appointments: Givenchy, Jil Sander & Yves Saint Laurent


About the author

Sophie Doran

Creative Strategist, Digital

Sophie Doran is currently Senior Creative Strategist, Digital at Karla Otto. Prior to this role, she was the Paris-based editor-in-chief of Luxury Society.

Prior to joining Luxury Society, Sophie completed her MBA in Melbourne, Australia, with a focus on luxury brand dynamics and leadership, whilst simultaneously working in management roles for several luxury retailers.