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Breguet Thierry Esslinger

Profile of Breguet's CEO.

Thierry Esslinger, who described himself as a “man in the shadows” when he was appointed as head of Breguet, is an engineering graduate of the ESEM in Orléans and holds a CAAE (the equivalent of an MBA) from Paris’s IAE business school. In 1988 he joined the management team of a metallurgy company that was part of the Metallgesellschaft conglomerate in the Ruhr Valley in Germany. He moved to Hayek Engineering in 1995 and worked for this international strategy, innovation and management consultancy firm for over twenty years, becoming one of its senior directors. He was appointed to temporary leadership roles on a number of projects for the Swatch Group, including at Breguet.

Thierry Esslinger was appointed CEO of Breguet in September 2017. He sees his main role as overseeing the company’s operational management in accordance with the strategic direction defined by Marc Hayek, who remains the president. Given his increasing responsibility within the Swatch Group, Marc Hayek felt a need for some assistance leading the group’s most prestigious brand.


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