Jacob & Co looks to future as it appoints new CEO

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Chris Del Gatto welcomed to role; founder Jacob Arabo named chairman.

Jacob & Co has announced Chris Del Gatto as the its new chief executive.

The announcement was made at BaselWorld last week, with the founder of the New York City-based brand, Jacob Arabo, moving into the role of chairman.

Del Gatto will focus on marketing, long-term growth and opening new global stores. He was previously co-founder and chief executive of Circa footwear.

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Speaking about the direction of Jacob & Co, Del Gatto said: "The eyes of the industry are always on BaselWorld. There’s no better place to demonstrate the direction of the brand and what we have planned for the future of Jacob & Co.

"We plan to continue delighting our loyal customers as well as attracting new clients with striking, original designs in both the watch and jewelelry arena as we shape the future of the brand."

The brand was celebrating its 10th year at BaselWorld 2013 and last week announced footballer Cristiano Ronaldo as the face of Jacob & Co. 

Jacob Arabo added: “We are at an exciting time in the history of the brand. We are thrilled to have had Chris Del Gatto recently join us as CEO. It’s a time of evolution and growth."

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