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Richemont group - Jérôme Lambert

Richemont group Jérôme Lambert

Jérôme Lambert - CEO of Richemont Group*.

Who’s who - Jérôme Lambert: a man in a hurry - CEO, Richemont Group - ByStephan Ciejka

Jerome Lambert

Jérôme Lambert © Richemont

With his lively, pale eyes, fresh complexion, kind words, and eternally youthful figure, Jérôme Lambert is a discreet gentleman who can be rather difficult to keep up with – unless you are a trained marathon runner. He joined Jaeger-LeCoultre in 1996 as financial controller, becoming CFO in 1999, then CEO in 2002, making him the youngest head of a brand in the Richemont Group. With acclaimed sensitivity for the product, great communication and relationship skills, and an enormous appetite for work, this tireless traveller succeeded in gathering a community of clients, collectors, and fans around the brand, making them the best ambassadors for the prestigious maison. Under his leadership, the business saw unprecedented growth, as witnessed by its significant presence in every type of watchmaking world. In addition to the Reverso, Master, and Rendez-Vous classics there came a whole sports range with seafaring and automotive themes, as well as an impressive series of innovative and often entirely new complications: tourbillons, Gyrotourbillons, oil-free Extreme LABs, and minute repeaters, propelling Jaeger-LeCoultre firmly into the realm of fine watchmaking. In 2009, the brand won the first International Chronometry Competition of the century organised by the Le Locle museum, dominating the podium with two complications.

Jerome Lambert

Jérôme Lambert © Richemont

From 2009 to 2011, Jérôme Lambert also the headed up the Saxony manufacture Lange & Söhne. In 2013, he left Switzerland for Hamburg to look after Montblanc. During his term of office as the head of the world leader in luxury writing instruments, he pursued the development of its watch collections, leather goods, and luggage. He also implemented digital projects, resulting in the launch of a connected strap in 2015, a new technology for digitalising writing in 2016, and finally a Smartwatch in 2017. He was then appointed COO for the group and its central and regional services, with the exception of Van Cleef & Arpels and Cartier, and left the Hamburg manufacture. He became CEO of the Richemont Group in September 2018, taking up the position after a collegial 18-month interim following the retirement of Richard Lepeu.

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