In an unexpected move, Mr. Patrick Ottomani has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of Audemars Piguet North America, effective April 8, 2019. Based in the company’s New York City office, Mr. Ottomani oversees all responsibilities previously held by Antonio Seward and reports directly to Mr. Yves Meylan, Chief Commercial Officer, in Le Brassus, Switzerland.
Mr. Ottomani rose through the ranks of the luxury industry with tenures in the hospitality business in London, Paris and Dublin. He joined Berluti as Chief Executive Officer in 1993, when the brand was acquired by LVMH. He later served as US Managing Director of Berluti USA, launching the brand in the United States in 2005 and remaining with the company until 2018.
Mr. Ottomani rejoices over his appointment: “After many years spent at a brand considered a leader in its category, I am very happy to join a family-owned company with an equally respected reputation. Audemars Piguet is one of the few manufacturers in the watch industry today dedicated to the fundamental values of craftsmanship. Joining the team is not only an honour, but also presents a fantastic opportunity to be a part of a family.”
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