Harry Winston Inc. signs on new CEO
High end jeweler Harry Winston Diamond Corporation has appointed a new president and chief executive officer for its U.S. subsidiary Harry Winston Inc., according to Women’s Wear Daily
Effective Jan. 4, Frédéric de Narp joins the New York-based company, which serves as the jewelry and watch subsidiary of Toronto-based Harry Winston Diamond Corporation.
de Narp was most recently president and CEO of jeweler Cartier North America. He takes on this new leadership role in place of Tom O’Neill, who oversaw Harry Winston Inc. as it grew over the last five years from a family-owned business to a global network of 19 retail locations.
de Narp began his career in luxury retail at Cartier 18 years ago, serving within the company’s Japan operations. He has served in executive roles at the company in markets such as Tokyo, Switzerland, Italy and Greece.
“We are delighted that Frederic will be joining Harry Winston Inc. He has an innate ability for understanding the luxury consumer’s needs in the United States and globally,” Robert Gannicott, chairman and CEO of Harry Winston Diamond Corporation, said in a company release.
Harry Winston Inc. is the premiere diamond and luxury timepiece retailer, and maintains a presence in locations including New York, Paris, London, Beijing, Tokyo and Beverly Hills.
Speaking briefly with DailyVista, Gannicott provided more details
on de Narp’s appointment and the upcoming plans at Harry Winston Inc.
“Frédéric has an innate understanding for the global luxury industry, and we are delighted that he will be joining Harry Winston Inc. mid-January,” Gannicott said. “Frédéric has a clear vision of luxury for today’s consumer, and will be a particular asset as we look to expand our bridal business domestically and abroad.”
Gannicott added that de Narp’s expertise and high energy, paired with Harry Winston Inc.’s dominance in the luxury market will be key in the future development of the company’s business and brand.
“Having begun his career working in Asia, Frédéric also brings to Harry Winston the unique experience and credibility to further support our successful retail expansion throughout the region,” he said.
According to Gannicott, the Harry Winston brand is one that consumers continually recognize, for its “rich history and the exceptional quality of our jewelry and timepieces.”
“Frédéric brings with him a strong marketing background, and we look forward to him putting his own stamp on our uniquely American luxury brand,” Gannicott said.
The List database has not yet identified which, if any, marketing or communications firms that partner with Harry Winston Inc.
According to The Nielsen Company, Harry Winston Inc. spent about $3.7 million on media in 2008. About $1.5 million was spent on national newspaper ads, about $1.3 million on national magazine ads and about $800,000 on local newspaper ads.
Gannicott declined to provide specifics on Harry Winston’s strategy, but firms with a reach into the high-end luxury market should consider making an introduction to the new CEO as Harry Winston seeks to enter new markets.