Interview Omega CEO Raynald Aeschlimann

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Interview Omega CEO Raynald Aeschlimann

Postby koimaster » December 15th 2016, 3:01pm

When Stephen Urquhart stepped down from his position as President and CEO of Omega, the Swiss watch company decided to promote from within. Raynald Aeschlimann had been with Omega for 20 years, which meant he’d been able to absorb the culture of the company under Urquhart’s direction and participate in its drastic transformation and revitalisation during the Jean-Claude Biver era. Omega’s decision to appoint Aeschlimann to the top post, instead of turning to an executive outside of the Swatch Group, or, even, outside the watch industry, is a strong vote for stability.

However, Aeschlimann does not shy away from controversy, and in one of his first big media appearances as the Omega CEO, an interview in the Financial Times, he distinguished himself as a brave leader, both conscious of past errors and clearly aware of the direction in which he wants to take the company. In his own words, he is "not there to sell watches but to make people enjoy watches." His passion for Omega, where he has spent the majority of his career, his candid and open manner of conversation, and his weakness for all-black watches have already drawn direct comparisons to Mr. Biver. But as we found out last week, when Aeschlimann visited London, Omega’s new chief is very much his own man. ... -interview


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