May 18, 2016
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Safilo appoints Henri Blomqvist as CEO of North America

May 18, 2016

Safilo Group announced on Wednesday that Chief Commercial Officer Henri Blomqvist has been promoted to Chief Executive Officer of North America.

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Blomqvist served as Chief Commercial Officer at Safilo for three years. During his tenure, he changed the company’s market strategy by focusing on sustainability and distribution.
Prior to Safilo, Blomqvist worked at Proctor & Gamble for 10 years in sales and commercial management positions, and held several local, regional and international roles in parts of Western Europe, Russia, Turkey, the Middle East, Korea and Australia.

The company recently reported a 7% decrease in sales in the first quarter. Gross profit was down 6.3% and EBITDA declined 36.8%. Safilo also renewed its eyewear license agreement with Jimmy Choo to the end of 2023 and made a new agreement for a men’s footwear collection.
Safilo Group’s portfolio also includes Carrera, Polaroid, Fendi, Gucci and Céline among others.

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