Gulden is stepping down to join sports brand, Puma, as its new CEO. Pandora’s board of directors will recommend that Gulden remain part of the company as a board member.
Marcello Bottoli, who is currently deputy chairman, will succeed Leighton as board chairman.
Leighton added: “Bjørn, Marcello, the management team and I have worked very closely on delivering on the company strategy and the board believes that continuity in that execution and understanding of the business is key to our continued success.”
The Danish manufacturer, marketer, distributor and retailer of fine jewelry is still recovering from a very difficult 2011, which saw a sudden 70 percent drop in its stock price following a less than glowing second quarter report that year. Prior to that drop the company, which designs its popular charm bracelets and silver jewelry in Copenhagen and manufacturers them in Thailand, was the darling of jewelry retailers and the investment community as it experienced spectacular growth. The company’s IPO in 2010 raised $2.1 billion.
Gulden began at Pandora in March of 2012 and by November 2012 the company, working off a stock rebalancing program, returned to profitability in the third quarter reporting a revenue increase of 14.3 percent, year-over-year, and net profit increase of 11.4 percent. However, it wasn’t enough to save the year as revenue for 2012 was essentially flat while net profit fell 41 percent.
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