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February 17, 2012updated Feb 08, 2013

Michael Margolis Appointed President of America for Girard-Perregaux and JeanRichard

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazine

Girard-Perregaux, iconic luxury Swiss watch brand, and JeanRichard announced on February 16 the appointment of Michael Margolis to their team as the new President of America for the Sowind Group. Margolis will join Michele Sofisti, Sowind Group CEO, Stefano Macaluso, Girard-Perregaux Managing Director, and Massimo Macaluso, JeanRichard Managing Director, to oversee U.S. expansion strategy.

Born in the United States, Margolis graduated with a double major in Latin American Studies and Foreign Languages from the University of Connecticut. Proficient in English, Spanish, Portuguese and German, he began a sales career at Crest Reprographics and later on moved on to Nikon. Margolis developed his passion for luxury timepieces as the moderator of TimeZone.com from 1996 till 2007. It was at this time that Margolis began his professional career in the watch industry, when Hublot CEO, Jean-Claude Biver, appointed him Sales Director in the U.S.

“Mike is a remarkable individual, with true passion for the craft,” says Michele Sofisti, CEO of Sowind Group (Girard-Perregaux and JeanRichard). “We are very glad to have him on board to lead the U.S. team into this new phase of the brand and are sure that together we will be very successful.”

Margolis will join the Sowind Group as President of America starting March 1, 2012, where he will be instrumental in helping the brands achieve their ambitious goals in the U.S. market.

“I am very excited and honored to join iconic brands like Girard-Perregaux and JeanRichard,” says Michael Margolis. “I have admired the brands and their heritage from afar for many years and greatly look forward to being a part of the team.”

www.girard-perregaux.ch www.jeanrichard.com

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