The Board of Directors of Compagnie Financière Richemont SA, the parent company, is responsible for the overall strategic direction of the Group and the appointment of senior management. In addition, it is responsible for establishing financial controls and appropriate procedures for the management of risk within the Group as well as the overall supervision of the business. The Board is responsible for preparing the Company and the Group's financial statements, the Compensation report and for organising the shareholders' annual meeting.

This board is composed principally of non-executive directors with diverse professional and business backgrounds. Nine nationalities are represented on the Board, which has 20 members.

Johann Rupert

Johann Rupert

Chairman
South African, born 1950



Mr Rupert was first appointed to the Board in 1988 and served as Chairman from 2002 to 2013. Following a sabbatical year, he was reappointed Chairman in September 2014. He is Chairman of the Nominations Committee and the Senior Executive Committee.

Mr Rupert is the Managing Partner of Compagnie Financière Rupert. He studied economics and company law at the University of Stellenbosch. After working for the Chase Manhattan Bank and Lazard Freres in New York, he founded Rand Merchant Bank in 1979. In 1985, he joined Rembrandt. He founded Richemont in 1988 and became Group Chief Executive. He also served as Chief Executive Officer from 2003 to 2004 and from 2010 to 2013. He is Non-Executive Chairman of Remgro Limited and Chairman of Reinet Investments Manager S.A., the management company of Reinet Investments S.C.A.

Mr Rupert holds honorary doctorates in Law, Economics and Commerce, is the Chancellor of the University of Stellenbosch and is Chairman of the Peace Parks Foundation.

Josua Malherbe

Josua Malherbe

Non-executive Deputy Chairman
South African, born 1955



Mr Malherbe was appointed to the Board in 2010 as a Non Executive Director and has served as Deputy Chairman since September 2013. He also serves as Chairman of the Audit Committee and is a member of the Strategic Security and Nominations Committees.

He qualified as a Chartered Accountant in South Africa and worked with the predecessor firm of PricewaterhouseCoopers before joining Rand Merchant Bank in 1985. In 1990 he joined Rembrandt Group Limited and was involved with Richemont at that time. Since its formation in 2000, he served first as Chief Executive Officer and then as Deputy Chairman of VenFin Limited until 2009 when that company was acquired by Remgro Limited.

Mr Malherbe continues to serve as a director of Richemont Securities S.A., Remgro Limited, Reinet Investments Manager S.A., Pension Corporation Group Limited, and Renshaw Bay Limited.

Jérôme Lambert

Jérôme Lambert

Group Chief Executive Officer
French/Swiss, born 1969



Mr Lambert was appointed to the Board in 2017 and is a member of the Senior Executive Committee.

He graduated from ESG Management School, Paris and completed post-graduate studies at the Swiss Graduate School of Public Administration.

Prior to joining the Group, he held financial roles in Switzerland’s public postal and telecommunications service. Mr Lambert joined Jaeger LeCoultre in 1996 as the Manufacturer’s financial controller and became Chief Financial Officer three years later. In 2002, he was appointed its Chief Executive Officer and served in that role until June 2013. Mr Lambert then served as Chief Executive Officer of Montblanc until March 2017. In addition, Mr Lambert has served as Chairman of A. Lange & Söhne since 2009 and served as its Chief Executive for two years. From 1 April 2017, Mr Lambert served as Head of Operations responsible for central and regional services and all Maisons other than Jewellery and Specialist Watchmakers. In November 2017, Mr Lambert was appointed as Chief Operating Officer, and in September 2018 as Chief Executive Officer.

Nicolas Bos

Nicolas Bos

President & Chief Executive Officer of Van Cleef & Arpels
French, born 1971


Mr Bos was appointed to the Board in 2017 and is a member of the Senior Executive Committee.

Mr Bos graduated from the ESSEC business school. He joined Richemont in 1992, initially working with the Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain in Paris. In 2000, he joined Van Cleef & Arpels as International Marketing Director. In 2009, he became Vice President and Creative Director and in 2010 was also appointed President of Van Cleef & Arpels, Americas. In January 2013, Mr Bos became global President and Chief Executive Officer of Van Cleef & Arpels.

Burkhart Grund

Burkhart Grund

Chief Finance Officer
German/American, born 1965



Mr Grund was appointed to the Board in 2017 and is a member of the Senior Executive Committee.

He is a graduate in Business Administration of Georgia Southern University, US and completed his graduate studies in International Finance at Münster University, Germany.

Prior to joining the Group, he held various positions in the Finance department at Wella AG and was appointed Chief Financial Officer of the Wella subsidiary in Chile in 1996.

He moved to Richemont in 2000 to be Chief Financial Officer of Montblanc France, a position which he held until 2006 when he joined Van Cleef & Arpels as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. In 2016, Mr Grund was appointed Group Deputy Finance Director, and became a member of the Group Management Committee. In August 2017, Mr Grund was appointed Group Chief Finance Officer.

Sophie Guieysse

Sophie Guieysse

Group Human Resources Director
French, born 1963



Ms Sophie Guieysse is the Group Human Resources Director and was appointed to the Senior Executive Committee in October 2017 and to the Board in September 2018.

Ms Guieysse is a graduate from the Ecole Polytechnique, the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées and holds an MBA from the Collège des Ingénieurs. Ms Guieysse began her career holding operational functions at a number of French Ministries. From 1997 until 2005, she held various human resources roles at LVMH. Her ultimate role there was as Director of Human Resources of the LVMH group. In 2005, Ms Guieysse joined Canal + group where she spent ten years as Human Resources Director and member of the Executive Committee. Since 2016, Ms Guieysse had been advising Dior on the future of luxury in a connected world.

Ms Guieysse serves on the Board of Directors of Maisons du Monde and is Chairman of its Nominations & Compensation Committee. In addition, Ms Guieysse is a member of the Remuneration Committee of Paris 2024 Olympic Games Organising Committee and of the 2023 Rugby World Cup Organising Committee.

Cyrille Vigneron

Cyrille Vigneron

President & Chief Executive Officer of Cartier
French, born 1961


Mr Vigneron was appointed to the Board in 2016 and is a member of the Senior Executive Committee.

Mr Vigneron graduated from ESCP (Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Paris). On 1 January 2016, he succeeded Mr Stanislas de Quercize as Chief Executive Officer of Cartier. Prior to his new role, Mr Vigneron was President of LVMH Japan and worked with Richemont from 1988 to 2013: principally with Cartier, rising to become Managing Director of Cartier Japan, President of Richemont Japan, and finally, Managing Director of Cartier Europe.

Nikesh Arora

Nikesh Arora

Non-executive Director
Indian, born 1968



Mr Arora was appointed to the Board as a Non-Executive Director in 2017 and is a member of the Nominations Committee.

He holds degrees from the Indian Institute of Technology, Boston College, and Northeastern University.

Mr Arora is the chairman and CEO of Palo Alto Networks, Inc., a global cybersecurity company, and serves on the board of Tipping Point, a non-profit organisation that fights poverty in the Bay Area. Mr Arora has held a number of senior positions in the finance and technology sectors. From 2014 to 2016, Mr Arora served as president and chief operating officer of SoftBank Group Corp., the global telecommunications company and technology investor. Prior to that, he held a number of positions at Google, Inc. during a 10-year span, including senior vice president and chief business officer, president of global sales operations and business development, and president of Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Prior to joining Google, Mr Arora has worked at Deutsche Telekom, Putnam Investments and Fidelity Investments.

Clay Brendish

Clay Brendish

Non-Executive Lead Independent Director
British, born 1947



Mr Brendish was appointed to the Board as a Non Executive Director and the Lead Independent Director in 2017. He also serves as the Chairman of the Strategic Security and Compensation Committees and is a member of the Audit and Nominations Committees.

He is a graduate of Imperial College, London and is a Chartered Engineer.

His professional background is in the Information Technology and communications industry, having founded Admiral plc in 1979 (now part of CGI UK). He was a former Non-Executive Director of BT plc and Chairman of the Met. Office. He was also a Trustee of the Economist Newspaper. Prior to his nomination to the Board of Richemont, Mr Brendish served as an advisor to Richemont’s Strategic Security Committee.

Jean-Blaise Eckert

Jean-Blaise Eckert

Non-executive Director
Swiss, born 1963



Maître Eckert was appointed to the Board as a Non Executive Director in 2013 and is a member of the Audit and Nominations Committees.

He graduated from Neuchâtel University, Switzerland, and holds an MBA from Berkeley, University of California.

Maître Eckert has been a practising lawyer since 1989 and a Partner of Lenz & Staehelin since 1999, advising on national and international corporate, commercial and tax law.

Maître Eckert serves on the board of several Swiss companies, including Ladurée International SA and UL (Underwriters Laboratories) AG, and on the board of several not-for-profit organisations, including the Fondation pour la Musique et la Culture, Genève. He is also a member of a number of Swiss and international professional organisations.

Keyu Jin

Keyu Jin

Non-executive Director
Chinese, born 1982



Dr Jin was appointed to the Board as a Non Executive Director in 2017 and is a member of the Nominations Committee.

She is a Tenured Professor of Economics at the London School of Economics.

From Beijing, Dr Jin holds a BA, MA and PhD from Harvard University. Her specific areas of expertise are international macroeconomics, international finance, and the Chinese economy.

Ruggero Magnoni

Ruggero Magnoni

Non-executive Director
Italian, born 1951



Mr Magnoni was appointed to the Board as a Non Executive Director in 2006 and is a member of the Audit and Nominations Committees. In 2006, he became a Partner of Compagnie Financière Rupert.

He graduated from Bocconi University, Italy and holds an MBA from Columbia University.

Mr Magnoni joined Lehman Brothers in 1977 and held a number of senior roles across that firm’s international activities. In 2000, Mr Magnoni became Head of the European Private Equity division and Vice Chairman of Lehman Brothers Inc and in 2002, Chairman of Lehman Brothers International Italy. Between 2008 and 2013, Mr Magnoni served as Chairman of Nomura International plc’s Investment Banking division for Europe, Middle East and Africa. He was a member of the Board of Overseers of Reinet Investments S.C.A. up to September 2009.

He is involved with various philanthropic activities, including Fondazione Laureus Italia. He is a member of the Advisory Committee of the Bocconi Foundation.

Jeff Moss

Jeff Moss

Non-executive Director
American, born 1970



Mr Moss was appointed to the Board as a Non-Executive Director in 2016 and is a member of the Nominations Committee and the Strategic Security Committee.

Mr Moss is a computer and internet security expert, and is the founder of the Black Hat Briefings and DEF CON. Previously he has served as Chief Security Officer of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (‘ICANN’) and as a director at Secure Computing Corporation.

He currently serves as: a member of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Advisory Council; a member of the Council on Foreign Relations; a Non-resident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council; a member of the Georgetown University School of Law Cybersecurity Advisory Committee; and a commissioner on the Global Commission for the Stability of Cyberspace (‘GCSC’).

Vesna Nevistic

Vesna Nevistic

Non-executive Director
Swiss, born 1965



Dr Nevistic was appointed to the Board as a Non Executive Director in 2017 and is a member of the Nominations Committee.

She holds Swiss and Croatian citizenship and has a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich.

She has gained extensive international experience in consulting and investment banking, having been a Partner at McKinsey and Managing Director at Goldman Sachs. From 2009 to 2012, Dr Nevistic was a Group Managing Director and Head of Corporate Development at UBS, where she was part of the senior executive team that restructured the bank’s operations following the financial crisis.

She currently runs her own advisory boutique, focusing on corporate strategy and business transformations, and also serves as a Non Executive Director at Samskip BV and Samskip hf.

Dr Nevistic supports various non profit organisations and is a member of the Finance Committee of the Swiss Study Foundation, and was a trustee at the Swiss Institute / Contemporary Art New York.

Guillaume Pictet

Guillaume Pictet

Non-executive Director
Swiss, born 1950



Mr Pictet was appointed to the Board as a Non Executive Director in 2010 and is a member of the Audit, Compensation and Nominations Committees. He is a graduate of HEC, Lausanne University. His career in private banking has included membership of Darier Hentsch & Cie’s senior management. He has also served as an international economist in Switzerland’s Federal Department of Economic Affairs.

Since 1996, Mr Pictet has been Founding Partner and Vice Chairman of de Pury Pictet Turrettini & Cie SA. He also serves as Chairman of Sécheron SA.

Alan Quasha

Alan Quasha

Non-executive Director
American, born 1949



Mr Quasha was appointed to the Board as a Non Executive Director in 2000 and is a member of the Nominations Committee.

He is a graduate of Harvard College, Harvard Business School, Harvard Law School, and New York University Law School. After practising law, he moved into commerce and since 1987 has been President of Quadrant Management Inc.

Mr Quasha served as a director of Richemont SA, Luxembourg from 1988 until 2000. He was Chief Executive Officer of North American Resources Limited between 1988 and 1998. He was a member of the Board of Overseers of Reinet Investments S.C.A. up to September 2009; he has indirect interests in certain investments held by Reinet and is involved as a manager of a fund in which Reinet has invested. He was a director of American Express Funds, a former Governor of the American Stock Exchange, and a former Chairman of the Visiting Committee of the Weatherhead Centre for International Affairs.

Mr Quasha is currently Managing Partner of Vanterra Capital; Chairman of Brean Murray; Carret & Co; and Carret Asset Management Group LLC. He is also Chairman of the Brain Trauma Foundation.

Maria Ramos

Maria Ramos

Non-executive Director
South African, born 1959



Ms Ramos was appointed to the Board as a Non Executive Director in 2011 and is a member of the Compensation and Nominations Committees.

She holds degrees from the University of the Witwatersrand and the University of London, and is a member of the Institute of Bankers. She also holds honorary doctorates from the University of Stellenbosch and Free State University.

Previous positions held by Ms Ramos include Director-General of the National Treasury of South Africa and Group Chief Executive of Transnet Limited. She has also served as a Non-Executive and Independent Director on the boards of Sanlam Limited, SABMiller PLC, and Remgro Limited.

She is currently Chief Executive Officer of Barclays Africa Group, a diversified financial services group with operations in twelve African markets. In addition, she is the current Chairman of the Banking Association of South Africa and serves on the Executive Committee of the World Economic Forum’s International Business Council and the Global Board of Advisors Council on Foreign Relations (US). She is also a member of the Group of Thirty.

Anton Rupert

Anton Rupert

Non-executive Director
South African, born 1987



Mr Anton Rupert was appointed to the Board as a Non Executive Director in 2017 and is a member of the Strategic Security and Nominations Committees.

He brings valuable insight into changing consumer behaviour in digital marketing and web-based commerce. Over the past eight years, he has had extensive exposure to all of the Group’s businesses.

Jan Rupert

Jan Rupert

Non-executive Director
South African, born 1955



Mr Jan Rupert was appointed to the Board in 2006 and is a member of the Strategic Security and Nominations Committee. He joined the Group as Manufacturing Director in 1999 and served as an Executive Director from 2006 to 2012. Mr Jan Rupert has served as a Non Executive Director since 2012.

Mr Jan Rupert is a graduate in mechanical engineering from Stellenbosch University, South Africa and has had an extensive career in production management in the tobacco and watchmaking industries. Prior to joining Richemont, he was Manufacturing Director of Rothmans International.

Gary Saage

Gary Saage

Non-executive Director
American, born 1960



Mr Saage was appointed to the Board in 2010 and is a member of the Nominations Committee.

Mr Saage is a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University, US, and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Following an early career in public accounting with Coopers & Lybrand, he joined Cartier’s US business in 1988. Between 1988 and 2006, he served as Chief Operating Officer of Richemont North America and of Alfred Dunhill in London. From 2006 to 2010, he served as Group Deputy Finance Director, subsequent to which he was appointed Chief Financial Officer, a position he held from 2010 to 31 July 2017. Since 1 August 2017, he has been serving as a Non Executive Director. In addition, he is the Chairman of Richemont North America and a Director of Peter Millar LLC.

Mr Saage is also a Non Executive Director of Arendale Holdings Corp.

 

Swen Grundmann

Company Secretary