November 23, 2004
Van der Kallen New Ebel Chief
Former Piaget and Baume & Mercier President Thomas van der Kallen has
been named the new worldwide President of Ebel, the luxury watch brand
purchased last December by the Movado Group. Van der Kallen will join
the company in mid-January and will report directly to Efraim Grinberg,
president and chief executive officer of the Paramus-based Movado
Van der Kallen was most recently president of Piaget North America and
prior to that was vice president of marketing and then president of
Baume & Mercier North America. He joined Richemont, the parent firm for
both these brands, in 1990 as director of sales and marketing for
Piaget and Baume & Mercier for the Netherlands and Scandinavia.
"We are delighted to welcome Thomas to our company. With his deep
knowledge of global luxury brands, Thomas will be a valuable addition
to our senior management team," said Grinberg. "Under Movado Group's
ownership, great strides have already been made toward revitalizing
Ebel and returning this prestigious luxury watch brand to its rightful
place in the market. I am confident that Thomas, and the strong team
we have in place under his leadership, will capitalize on the progress
that has been made and position Ebel for long-term success."
Movado Group Inc. designs, manufactures, and distributes Movado, Ebel,
Concord, ESQ, Coach and Tommy Hilfiger watches worldwide and operates
Movado boutiques and company stores in the United States.