Watches of Switzerland Group announces Ian Carter to its Board as upcoming Non-Executive Chairman

– UK, Leicester –  Watches of Switzerland Group PLC (LON: WOSG) today announced the appointment of Ian Carter as the non-executive Chairman of the Board effective from 1 November 2020.

Tea Colaianni, Senior Independent Director, has today taken over as Interim Chair and will continue in this role until Ian joins the Board.

“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.” said Interim Chair, Tea Colaianni.

About Ian Carter

Ian brings over 30 years of international and retail experience to the Group, having held a number of senior positions at UK and US consumer-facing and luxury companies. For the last 15 years, Ian has been with Hilton Worldwide, joining Hilton International as CEO in London in 2005. He was an integral part of the senior team that took Hilton Worldwide private and then public in 2013. Hilton Worldwide now has over 6,000 hotels across 13 brands including the luxury brands of Waldorf Astoria and Conrad and operates in over 120 countries around the world. Prior to joining Hilton, Ian served as an Officer and President of Black & Decker Corporation.

Ian has lived and worked in Europe, Asia and for the last 14 years in the US.

In addition, Ian has significant non-executive experience having served on a number of boards in the UK and the US, including Burberry Group PLC between 2007 and 2019 where he further developed a deep knowledge and appreciation of the global luxury industry.

Ian 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. I look forward to working with the Board and Management to further build upon this success.”

About the Watches of Switzerland Group

The Watches of Switzerland Group is the UK’s largest luxury watch retailer, operating in both the UK and US, comprising four prestigious brands; Watches of Switzerland (UK and US), Mappin & Webb (UK), Goldsmiths (UK) and Mayors (US), with complementary jewellery offering.

The Watches of Switzerland Group has 135 core stores across the UK and US (which includes 22 dedicated mono-brand stores in these two markets in partnership with Rolex, TAG Heuer, OMEGA and Breitling) and has a leading presence in Heathrow Airport with representation in Terminals 2, 3, 4 and 5 as well as five transactional websites.

The Watches of Switzerland Group is proud to be the UK’s largest retailer for Rolex, Cartier, OMEGA, TAG Heuer and Breitling watches.

Mappin & Webb holds Royal warrants as goldsmiths, silversmiths and jeweller to Her Majesty The Queen and silversmiths to His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales. The Mappin & Webb master jeweller has been Crown Jeweller, custodian of the Crown Jewels of Her Majesty The Queen since 2012.

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