MD Ricardo Guasalupe steps up to fill Biver’s shoes in smooth handover
Charismatic Hublot chief executive Jean Claude Biver has stepped down from his role at the oversized luxury watch brand, but will remain as chairman.
Former Hublot managing director Ricardo Guadalupe, who has worked at the brand since 2005, has taken over the top job.
Guadalupe and Biver have worked together for more than 20 years and are friends outside of work, so the transition between the two men, which was effective on January 1, should be a smooth one.
Hublot said that the changeover has been in planning for a long time. Biver added: “There is a time for learning, a time for doing, a time for handing over, and a time for moving on. I’ve happily made it safe and sound to the hand-over stage. With the gratification of being able to hand over to a friend and colleague of more than twenty years. And happiness at the prospect of remaining part of the team on matters relating to strategy, products and corporate relations.”