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IWC Schaffhausen - Profile of Christoph J. Grainger-Herr

IWC Schaffhausen Profile of Christoph J. Grainger-Herr

Christoph J. Grainger-Herr succeeded Georges Kern as Chief Executive Officer of IWC in 2017.

As a German national who studied interior design at an English university, Christoph J. Grainger-Herr has an atypical profile for a watch brand CEO. Yet after graduating from Bournemouth University with a BA (Hons) in Interior Design and from the Hochschule für Gestaltung & Kunst in Basel, Switzerland, he worked for just two years as a project architect in Zurich before joining IWC Schaffhausen in 2006 in the trade marketing department.

Since then Christoph J. Grainger-Herr rose up through the ranks to head the trade marketing department, then the marketing department, before assuming the role of “Executive Brand Architect” and, later, “Associate Director Strategic Planning”. Over the past few years he took on roles in sales that positioned him as a successor to Georges Kern when the former CEO moved to the Richemont Group Headquarters as the new Head of Watchmaking, Marketing and Digital.


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With a clear emphasis on technology and development, IWC Schaffhausen has been manufacturing timepieces of lasting value since 1868. Its philosophy, based on a passion for watchmaking, aims to maintain a spirit of indefatigable initiative and impeccable craftsmanship.

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