Ilaria Resta to succeed François-Henry Bennahmias as CEO of Audemars Piguet
From August 2023, Ilaria Resta will join Audemars Piguet to take over the reins of the watch brand gradually. She will replace François-Henry Bennahmias in January 2024.
By Cristina D’Agostino22 mai 2023
After several months of intense search, the board of directors of the watch brand Audemars Piguet has just appointed its new CEO. Ilaria Resta has more than 26 years of international experience, having held senior positions at Procter & Gamble for 22 years and more recently as President of the Global Perfumery & Beauty division of the Firmenich Group. The latest major operation for the Geneva-based Swiss-Italian was the successful merger of Firmenich and DSM and the launch of a new company, DSM-Firmenich, which brings together one of the largest communities of innovation and creation in nutrition, health, and beauty.
Commenting on her appointment, Alessandro Bogliolo, President of Audemars Piguet, said: "We are delighted to welcome Ms. Resta as our new Chief Executive Officer. A visionary leader with a passion for craftsmanship, Ilaria will take Audemars Piguet into the future as we continue to develop our brand, blend tradition with innovation, and strengthen our direct connection to clients. Her proven record of delivering results through a clear strategic thinking based on deep consumer insights will keep AP’s legacy relevant for generations to come and ensure long lasting growth."
François-Henry Bennahmias will leave the brand at the end of 2023, as he has agreed to ensure a smooth transition until the end of the current year. In the meantime, he will continue to accompany the planned launches, including the upcoming Marvel collection. Alessandro Bogliolo added: “His transformational leadership has been essential in building the success story AP is today. We are grateful for his indelible contribution and his commitment to stay until the end of the year to ensure a smooth transition.”
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