Gucci announces former TAG Heuer boss as CEO

Stephane Linder pictured at TAG Heuer in 2013.

Stephane Linder takes Gucci role vacated by Michele Sofisti.

Former TAG Heuer president and chief executive officer Stephane Linder has been appointed to lead Gucci Watches and Jewellery.

Linder, who departed TAG Heuer in December after one year in charge, will take over at Gucci, which is managed by Kering Group, as president and chief executive officer from March 11 reporting directly to Gucci chief executive officer Marco Bizzarri.

Bizzarri said: “Stéphane brings a wealth of experience and wisdom to this new role that will be invaluable as we open this new chapter for the Gucci brand. Watches and Jewellery represent key strategic categories and I am confident that through the combination of Stephane’s leadership and our new Creative Director Alessandro Michele’s contemporary vision for the brand, we will be able to realise further significant growth in the years ahead.”

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Linder had worked at TAG Heuer for 21 years and takes the Gucci role previously occupied by Michele Sofisti, who also departed in December.

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