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Board of directors

Providing leadership to the Group and responsible for promoting the long term sustainable success of the business and to establish the purpose, values and strategy of the business.

Ian Carter (1)

Ian Carter

Key Skills and Experience
Ian joined the Board as Chair on 1 November 2020 and brings over 30 years of international and retail experience to the Group, having held a number of senior positions at UK and US consumer-facing and luxury companies.  Ian has a wealth of international and retail experience as a non executive director having served on a number of boards in the UK and the US, including Burberry Group PLC between 2007 and 2019 where he further developed a deep knowledge and appreciation of the global luxury industry, and Del Frisco Restaurant Group which is listed in the US, which he chaired. Previously Ian was with Hilton Worldwide, joining Hilton International as CEO in London in 2005 and was an integral part of the senior team which took Hilton Worldwide private and then public in 2013.

Principal current external appointments
Servpro Industries, LLC

Committee Membership
Ian is currently the Chair of the Nomination and Disclosure Committees and a member of the Remuneration Committee.

Brian Duffy

Brian Duffy

Key Skills and Experience
Brian was appointed to the Board on 7 May 2019 having been the CEO of the Group since 2014.  Brian brings significant retail and international experience, financial acumen and a great understanding of the global luxury watch and jewellery sector.

Prior to this Brian served on several boards across the fashion, retail and sports sectors including several subsidiaries of Ralph Lauren, as well as the boards of Celtic PLC and Sara Lee Corporation.

Brian is an ICAS Chartered Accountant and holds an Honorary Doctorate from Glasgow Caledonian University.

Committee Membership
Brian is currently a member of the Disclosure Committee.

Anders Romberg

Anders Romberg

Key Skills and Experience
Anders Romberg joined the Group in 2014 as Chief Financial Officer and was appointed to the Board on 20 February 2019. Anders has over 25 years of experience, gaining extensive experience at senior management level of accounting and operational matters. He also has extensive international experience in the global luxury sector, where he has an established track record. Anders has worked most recently at Ralph Lauren where he served as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer for Europe, Middle East and Africa, and Chief Operating Officer for Asia Pacific.

Committee Membership
Anders is currently a member of the Disclosure Committee.

Tea Coliaianna

Tea Colaianni

Key Skills and Experience
Tea Colaianni was appointed as a Non- Executive Director and Chair of the Remuneration Committee of the Group in December 2018 and Senior Independent Director of the Company in May 2019. Tea has more than 25 years’ experience in consumer facing industries and has served as a non-executive on multiple boards. Tea brings to the Board a wealth of experience in human resources strategy and diversity initiatives. She has significant experience as a non-executive director including extensive and current experience of all remuneration matters which enables her to carry out her role as Chair of the Remuneration Committee.

Principal external appointments
DWF Group PLC – Remuneration Chair
SD Worx nv

Committee Membership
Tea is currently the Chair of the Remuneration Committee and a member of the Audit and Disclosure Committees.

Rosa Monkton

Rosa Monckton

Key Skills and Experience
Rosa Monckton was appointed to the Board on 7 May 2019 and has over 20 years’ experience in the luxury jewellery and watch sectors.  Rosa’s experience includes setting up Tiffany & Co in the United Kingdom, and serving as Chief Executive Officer and then Chair of Asprey & Garrard. She also has experience in the charity sector, and campaigns on behalf of disabled children and adults, through her role as chair of Team Domenica.

Principal current external appointments
Team Domenica

Committee Membership
Rosa is currently a member of the Audit, Remuneration and Nomination Committee.  Rosa is also the appointed Dedicated Non-Executive Director for Workforce Engagement.

Robert Moorhead

Robert Moorhead

Key Skills and Experience
Robert Moorhead was appointed to the Board on 7 May 2019 and has significant experience in the retail sector. He was appointed as a Non-Executive Director of the Group in 2018 (prior to the Company being listed on the London Stock Exchange). Robert brings to the Board extensive experience in the retail sector as well as recent relevant and up to date financial experience which enables him to carry out his role as Chair of the Audit Committee, he currently serves as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer of WH Smith PLC.  Other previous appointments include, Finance Director at Specsavers Optical Group and Finance and IT Director at World Duty Free Europe Limited.

Robert is an ICAEW Chartered Accountant.

Principal current external appointments
WH Smith PLC

Committee Membership
Robert is currently the Chair of the Audit Committee and a member of the Remuneration and Nomination Committees.

Board Roles

  • Leadership and effective governance of the Board
  • Sets the Board agenda
  • Ensures the Board receives sufficient, pertinent, timely and clear information
  • Ensures each Non-Executive Director makes an effective contribution to the Board.
  • Responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Group
  • Develops the Group’s strategic objectives for approval by the Board
  • Delivers the strategic and financial objectives in line with the approved strategy
  • Leads the Trading Board and senior management in managing the operational requirements of the business
  • Ensures effective and ongoing communication with shareholders.
  • Gauges the views of the workforce on a regular basis and identifies any areas of concern
  • Ensures the views and concerns of the workforce are taken into account by the Board, particularly when they are making decisions that could affect the workforce
  • Escalates such concerns to the Executive Board or other senior management as appropriate
  • Feeds back to the workforce on what steps have been taken to address their concerns or to explain why particular steps have or have not been taken
  • Ensures the views of the workforce are communicated to the Board
  • Ensures the Board takes appropriate steps to evaluate the impact of proposals and developments on the workforce and considers what steps should be taken to mitigate any adverse impact.
  • Acts as a ‘sounding board’ for the Chairman
  • Leads the Non-Executive Directors in their annual assessment of the Chairman’s performance
  • Available to shareholders if they have concerns which the normal channels through the Chairman, CEO or other Directors have failed to resolve.
  • Provide constructive contribution and challenge to the development of the strategy
  • Monitor the operational and financial performance of management
  • Monitor the integrity of the financial information, financial controls and systems of risk management.
  • Works with the CEO to develop and implement the Group’s strategic objectives
  • Delivers the financial performance of the Group
  • Ensures the Group remains appropriately funded to pursue its strategic objectives
  • Ensures proper financial controls and risk management of the Group and compliance with associated regulation
  • Ensures effective and ongoing communication with shareholders.
  • Supports the Board and its Committees with their responsibilities
  • Advises on regulatory compliance and corporate governance
  • Ensures compliance with the Board’s procedures and with applicable rules and regulations
  • Acts as secretary to the Board and all Committees
  • Communicates with shareholders and organises the AGM.
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