Richemont strengthens management with appointment of Patricia Gandji to senior executive committee
Richemont is strengthening its executive management team by appointing Patricia Gandji to its senior executive committee. With 30 years of management experience, she joined the Swiss luxury group in 2007. Since 2017, she has served as group CEO of regions and, in 2020, she additionally took on the responsibility of chief people officer. The company announced that she will continue to report to the group's CEO Jérôme Lambert upon the publication of its half-year results.
"Patricia brings not only her deeply human perspective but also her expansive knowledge of the regions and understanding of our maisons. Patricia takes an empathetic approach to leadership, a quality that she is successfully promoting within Richemont and that is essential to our customer-focused mindset," said the company's chairman Johann Rupert in a statement.
The 52-year-old German executive, who holds a master's degree from the University of Applied Sciences Landshut in Germany, began her career in the fashion industry in Italy and Germany, where she held various operational and strategic positions, notably at Hugo Boss and Escada. She joined Richemont in 2007, where she held a number of key roles at the group's flagship jewellery brand, Cartier.
She started out as retail director Northern Europe and was promoted the following year to managing director Northern Europe, and from 2014 as managing director Europe, Middle East and Africa, before joining Richemont in Geneva as group CEO of regions.
Richemont described the appointment as strategic, adding that "it is in recognition of the strong value Patricia has created leading our five regions and developing our human resources capabilities across the group."
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