Van Cleef & Arpels CEO Stanislas de Quercize will by the end of this year replace Bernard Fornas as the Chief Executive Officer of Cartier, according to Cartier parent firm Richemont. Fornas retired at the age of 65 earlier this month. De Quercize will be succeeded as CEO of Van Cleef & Arpels by Nicolas Bos, currently creative director of Van Cleef & Arpels and chief executive of Van Cleef & Arpels North America.
Since 1989, de Quercize has had an extensive career within Richemont, having worked with Montblanc, Alfred Dunhill, Cartier – where he rose to be President of Cartier Inc. in the United States – and, since 2005, Van Cleef & Arpels.
“Over the last decade, Bernard Fornas has led Cartier in an entrepreneurial and highly professional manner. He has been responsible during that period for Cartier’s growth strategy and has overseen its geographical expansion, most notably into new markets in Asia,” Johann Rupert, Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Richemont, said in a statement.
“Stanislas de Quercize has proved himself to be a highly effective leader at Van Cleef & Arpels and has successfully overseen its development, fully respecting the traditions and heritage of that Maison. I am sure that, under Stanislas’ future leadership, Cartier will continue to build upon its successes to date and maintain its unparalleled position as King of Jewelers and Jeweler to Kings,” he added.
Fornas will continue to have a senior management role within the Group, working closely with Johann Rupert and Richard Lepeu. He will remain as a member of Richemont’s Group Management Committee. In due course, de Quercize will also become a member of the Management Committee.