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THE BIG INTERVIEW: The public Life of Brian

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For the first five years as chief executive of Aurum Holdings, now renamed as The Watches of Switzerland Group, Brian Duffy answered only to his American private equity owners Apollo Global Management. But since May last year, the business is operating in the public glare of a stock market listed corporation with turnover of over $1 billion, more than 140 stores in the USA and UK, and a staff of 2,500 people. How is life in the public eye? Rob Corder spoke to Mr Duffy just ahead of Christmas last year to find out.
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THE BIG INTERVIEW: Re-calibrating Chisholm Hunter

Growing up in Easterhouse, a Glasgow suburb synonymous with deprivation and crime in the 1970s and 80s, gave Chisholm Hunter’s managing director Harry Brown a steeliness and determination to carve a new life for himself and his future family. The jewellery and watch business has delivered exactly that, but he has never forgotten the struggles of his early years, and takes nothing for granted that his company’s success will endure without endless hard work and re-calibration for the ever-changing modern market. Rob Corder caught up with the tireless executive as he was building a new flagship in Glasgow that, he says, will take customers on a peerless journey of discovery.
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THE BIG INTERVIEW: Baselworld bounces back

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The number of exhibitors to Baselworld has plummeted from over 2000 in 2009 to 520 earlier this year. It looked like the ultimate hospital pass when Michel Loris-Melikoff took over as managing director of the show last year, just weeks after Swatch Group announced it was pulling all of its brands for the show. But, a year on, Mr Loris-Melikoff says exhibitor numbers will rise to over 600 in 2020 thanks to fresh initiatives that aim to lower the cost of participating, attract more consumers to the event and make the whole week far more enjoyable. Rob Corder met the show supremo in Basel for an update on progress.
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