Catherine Rénier appointed as CEO of Van Cleef & Arpels
July 16, 2024
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Catherine Rénier appointed as CEO of Van Cleef & Arpels

Louis Ferla is the new CEO of Carter, too

Richemont, the luxury goods conglomerate, has appointed Catherine Rénier as the new CEO of Van Cleef & Arpels, effective September 1, 2024. Rénier, currently serving as the CEO of Jaeger-LeCoultre, will succeed Nicolas Bos in her new role and report to him following his recent appointment as Richemont’s CEO.

Rénier, a seasoned executive with over two decades of experience in the jewellery and luxury watchmaking sectors within Richemont, brings a wealth of expertise to her new position.

She joined Richemont in 1999 as the Retail Development Director for Cartier North America in New York. Her journey with Van Cleef & Arpels began in 2003 in Paris, where she served as the Deputy Marketing Manager, contributing significantly to the brand’s development.

Her career then took her to Hong Kong in 2008, where she played pivotal roles in the Asia Pacific region, culminating in her eight-year presidency. In 2018, Rénier was appointed CEO of Jaeger-LeCoultre, where she has been instrumental in strengthening the brand’s leadership and strategic positioning.

In response to Rénier’s appointment, Nicolas Bos, CEO of Richemont, said: “I am delighted that Catherine will be taking on the role of CEO of Van Cleef & Arpels. Her tenure at Jaeger-LeCoultre has been marked by exceptional leadership and strategic foresight. Catherine’s extensive experience makes her the ideal candidate to ensure Van Cleef & Arpels’ long-term prosperity.”

During this transition, Philippe Hermann, Richemont’s Chief Financial Officer, will serve as the ad interim CEO for Jaeger-LeCoultre until a permanent successor is appointed.

New CEO for Cartier

Richemont has also announced that Louis Ferla, the current CEO of Vacheron Constantin, will succeed Cyrille Vigneron as the CEO of Cartier, effective September 1, 2024.

After eight years of successful leadership at Cartier, Vigneron has decided to retire and will transition to Chairman of Cartier Culture & Philanthropy, effective September 1, 2024. Vigneron will collaborate with Ferla in this new capacity to facilitate a seamless transition.

Ferla brings a wealth of experience to his new role, having served as CEO of Vacheron Constantin. His leadership at Vacheron Constantin has been marked by strategic vision and operational excellence, positioning the brand firmly within the luxury watchmaking industry.

Richemont, known for its portfolio of prestigious brands distinguished by artisanry and creativity, operates across three primary business areas: Jewellery brands including Buccellati, Cartier, and Van Cleef & Arpels; specialist watchmakers such as A. Lange & Söhne, IWC Schaffhausen, and Piaget; and fashion and accessories brands like Chloé, Montblanc, and Peter Millar.

Featured image: Catherine Rénier takes the reins of Van Cleef & Arpels from September 1, 2024. Credit: Jaeger-LeCoultre

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