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The Latest Appointments: Kering, Dior & Four Seasons

New executive announcements at De Beers, Roland Iten, Christopher Kane, Galleries Lafayette, Condé Nast, Mercedes Benz and Le Meurice

Compagnie Financière Richemont has announced proposed changes to its Board of Directors, following the announcement that Dominique Rochat will not be standing for re-election at the Company’s next Annual General Meeting (‘AGM’) for health reasons.

The Swiss conglomerate has nominated Jean-Blaise Eckert for election at the next AGM, to serve as a Non-Executive Director and become a member of the Board’s Audit and Nominations Committee. Eckert has been a practicing lawyer since 1991 and a Partner of Lenz & Staehelin since 1999, advising on national and international corporate, commercial and tax law.

Reuters has reported that Don Butler, the head of global strategy for General Motors Co’s luxury Cadillac brand, has resigned just four months after he was assigned to boost the nameplate’s international sales.

Butler made the decision to leave for personal reasons after “three years of pouring everything into Cadillac,” GM spokesman David Caldwell said. “He wanted to step back, spend more time with his family, consider new avenues.”

Jean Falcon de Longevialle, Brand Manager, Bell & Ross

Jean Falcon de Longevialle has been appointed brand manager at Bell & Ross for the UK and Ireland. He replaces Michel Bouchard who had been with the company for six years. Most recently, Jean Falcon de Longevialle has served as Bell & Ross Spain’s country manager for the past five years. Source: Retail Jeweller

Alexandre de Brettes, CEO, Christopher Kane

Following its investment in Christopher Kane, Kering has appointed its former financial communications and market intelligence director Alexandre de Brettes, to the position of CEO. Christopher Kane will remain creative director, while his sister will keep her title as deputy creative director. Source: Vogue UK

Elizabeth Schimel, Chief, Condé Nast China

Condé Nast has appointed US media executive Elizabeth Schimel as its new president in China, responsible for brands such as Vogue, Gentlemen’s Quarterly and Condé Nast Traveler. Schimel moves to the role from her current post as EVP, chief digital officer of Meredith, one of the largest magazine publishers in the US. Source: M&M Global

Carlo Bianchini, CEO, Coty Italy

Coty has tapped Carlo Bianchini, formerly General Manager and CEO of Coty Prestige as General Manager and CEO of Coty Italy, as of September 1. He replaces Maria Vittoria Trombetta, who is now Vice President of Global Trade Color Marketing Coty Beauty. Source: Pambianco News

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