Luxury brands giant Kering has announced the appointment of Antonio Calce as Chief Executive Officer of Sowind Group, with immediate effect. He will report to Albert Bensoussan, CEO of Kering’s Luxury Watches & Jewelry division.
As part of his new role, Antonio Calce will supervise the management of Sowind Group brands Girard-Perregaux and JEANRICHARD, as well as its manufacturing activities. Calce, an Italian national, started his career within the Richemont group in 1994 as head of the technical department of Manufacture Piaget, before moving to product management responsibilities. Although watch brand management is not quite as brutal as football management, Calce was dismissed last year as CEO of Corum by Chinese brand owners China Haidian.
“I am delighted to welcome Antonio to Sowind and within the Kering Group. His extensive experience in Haute Horlogerie and in the luxury watches sector and his deep knowledge of its industrial and commercial stakes, will allow him to fully support the brands growth on international markets”.
Albert Bensoussan, CEO of Kering’s Luxury Watches & Jewelry Division
Based in La Chaux-de-Fonds in Switzerland, the Sowind Group portfolio includes the Girard-Perregaux and JEANRICHARD brands. Sowind Group incorporates a manufacturing activity that develops and produces a complete portfolio of high-end watch movements and mechanical watches for its two brands and third parties.