Bernard Fornas

Bernard Fornas

Co-Chief Executive, Richemont

As one of the most esteemed executives in the industry, he oversees Richemont's fashion portfolio of Chloé, Alaïa and Dunhill.

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Vital statistics

  • Switzerland Executives
  • 2 March 1947 Born
  • France Nationality
  • Switzerland Location
  • École Supérieure de Commerce de Lyon
    Kellogg School of Management Northwestern University
    Education

Biography

Richemont co-chief executive Bernard Fornas is one of the most experienced executives in the watch and jewellery market, and is highly respected throughout the luxury industry.

Fornas currently oversees all the brands under Richemont’s umbrella, following chairman Johan Rupert’s sabbatical. He runs the Swiss conglomerate with two other co-chief executives, Richard Lepeu and Gary Saage, in charge of logistics and finances respectively. He is also a member of the group’s management committee.

To date, Fornas’ greatest achievement is his positioning of Cartier in emerging markets. The cash cow of Richemont, Cartier has become the primary beneficiary of China’s emergence as an important luxury watch market. Fornas was responsible for overseeing Cartier’s geographical expansion and growth strategy. In the word’s of Rupert, “Cartier has thrived and is now exceptionally well positioned as the world’s pre-eminent international jewellery maison, no small measure to the commitment, enthusiasm and hard work of Bernard.” Fornas was chief executive of Cartier for over a decade.

Fornas graduated from Lyon Business School and holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

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