Nicolas Baretzki has been named the new CEO of Montblanc, effective April 1, 2017.
Compagnie Financière Richemont SA, which owns the German luxury brand, made the announcement in a brief statement released late Tuesday.
Baretzki will replace Jérôme Lambert, who has held this position since 2013. Lambert will move to Head of Operations at Richemont responsible for central and regional services and all its brands other than jewelry and watchmaking at Richemont.
No reason was given for the executive changes.
Baretzki joined Montblanc in 2013 as executive VP of sales. He has worked at Richemont brands since 2002. After graduating from HEC (Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales) in Paris, he began his career at Cartier where he worked in various marketing and general management functions for eight years. He then moved to Jaeger-LeCoultre in 2002 and served as international sales director for 12 years.
“I am very pleased that Nicolas Baretzki will become the Maison’s CEO,” Lambert said in the company-issued statement. “Mr. Baretzki has played an important role in the successful development of the Maison in the recent years and will be the right person to ensure the continuation of this route.”
Compagnie Financière Richemont SA owns a number of luxury brands in jewelry, watches and other luxury categories. In addition to Montblanc, Cartier and Jaeger-LeCoultre, they include: Van Cleef & Arpels, Giampiero Bodino, A. Lange & Söhne, Baume & Mercier, IWC Schaffhausen, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Officine Panerai, Piaget, Roger Dubuis and Vacheron Constantin.
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