Swiss watch manufacturer Oris has shaken up its management structure appointing joint executive officers.
Rolf Studer, previously vice president, and Claudine Gertiser-Herzog have been appointed as Joint Executive Officers with Ulrich W. Herzog, previously executive chairman, taking on the role of chairman of the Oris Group. The restructuring takes effect from January 1 2016.
Claudine Gertiser-Herzog has been a member of the Oris board since 2005 and has 20 years experience developing her own international. In her new role, Claudine will oversee group finance and accounting, human resources, administrative services and IT.
Rolf Studer, who holds a masters degree in law, joined Oris nearly 10 years ago and has been instrumental in management of the Oris brand during that time. He has also successfully led a sales division, in which he was responsible for North American, European and Asian markets. In his new role, he will oversee global sales, international marketing and the product and supply chain division.
Ulrich W. Herzog, said: “I can look back on very exciting, challenging and rewarding years dedicated to the development of Oris. In Rolf and Claudine, we’ve been able to appoint two passionate and driven leaders. With this rejuvenation of Oris’s management, I am convinced that we can accelerate towards the future even more effectively.”
Ulrich W. Herzog joined Oris in 1978 at the height of the Quartz Crisis. In 1982, he took part in the management buy-out and successfully led the company in its repositioning as a purely mechanical watch manufacturer. Today, Oris is active in over 75 countries. After 33 years at the helm, Mr Herzog has decided to concentrate on the role of Chairman of the Oris Group, focusing on strategic positioning and product development.