Watches of Switzerland names Ian Carter as chair

Watches of Switzerland has appointed Ian Carter as non-executive chairman of its board, with effect from 1 November.

Carter brings 30 years of international and retail experience to the group and, most recently, has been CEO of Hilton International since 2005.

He has also served on a number of boards in the UK and the US, including Burberry Group between 2007-2019.

Tea Colaianni, the group’s senior independent director, will take over as Interim Chair and continue in this role until Carter joins the board.


Colaianni said: “Following a thorough global search process, the Board is delighted to welcome Ian to Watches of Switzerland Group as non-executive Chairman.

“Ian’s wealth of commercial, business and board experience and knowledge of the consumer, retail and luxury sectors in particular in the US and the UK will be a valuable asset for the Group as it enters the next phase of strategic growth.”

Carter said: “I could not be more excited about joining the team at this time.

“After a very successful IPO the opportunities for further growth are outstanding and most importantly, the team led by Brian is clearly energized and focused on delivering world class luxury retail experiences.”

He added: “I look forward to working with the Board and Management to further build upon this success.”

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