The Board of Directors of RJ-Romain Jerome announced the nomination of Marco Tedeschi to the position of CEO. Mr Tedeschi acquired experience in the watch industry notably over ten years spent with Hublot. His mission will consists in steering the international development of RJ-Romain Jerome.
Mr Tedeschi takes up his position at RJ-Romain Jerome on January 15th 2018, on the occasion of the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie.
Marco Tedeschi began his career at Hublot in 2007 as Product Director and subsequently served as Regional Director Middle East & Africa. He contributed to the design of the brand’s most iconic products and established Hublot firmly in the top 10 of the Middle East region, achieving double-digit growth seven years in a row.
ABOUT MARCO TEDESCHI
Of Swiss-Italian origins, Marco Tedeschi was born on April 29, 1985, in Geneva- Switzerland where he grew up and attended school in a region labeled as a cradle of Swiss watchmaking. As a child, he went to his father’s jewelry store every Saturday to admire the watches of the biggest Swiss brands, seeking to understand how their mechanical movements work.
In 2001, he enrolled at the Technical School of the Vallée de Joux (ETVJ) to train as a microtechnology draftsman, specializing in watchmaking, and acquiring technical professional maturity in the process. Marco spent most of his vacations interning at Franck Muller, where he went through all departments in order to learn the tricks of the trade. In 2004, he received both degrees with honors and entered the Engineering School of Geneva, where he graduated at the age of 22, with a bachelor’s degree in microtechnical, design and surface engineering.
In 2006, it was a meeting with Jean-Claude Biver, crucial turning-point for his future, that encouraged him to join Hublot. Marco submitted a project to Biver on an innovative movement he had developed in his spare time while attending engineering school. Satisfied by the young man’s notable accomplishment, Jean-Claude Biver asked Marco to join Hublot beginning 2007 while he was still in engineering school, and appointed him Product Director.
As part of his duties, Marco Tedeschi was in charge of watch design, technical studies, prototyping and production. He also handled product interface with the various departments: production, after-sales service, retail, marketing and sales, as well as the legal department. He was also responsible for the management of Hublot’s technical office and contributed to the creation of new product lines such as the Classic Fusion and the King Power, as well as the development of the Unico movement. He also represented the brand in some emerging markets such as Latin America and the Middle East.
In May 2011, Marco was named Regional Director of the Middle East and Africa markets, in charge of implementing and developing the brand strategy in this very promising area. He set a marketing strategy tailored specifically for the Arab world by organizing exclusive events and creating the first social media accounts for a luxury watch brand. He also expanded the network of Hublot boutiques in those regions while always choosing the most prestigious locations.
In addition to his regional responsibilities, Marco was appointed Creative Manager. As a member of the product creation committee, he collaborated closely with Jean-Claude Biver, LVMH Group- President of the Watches Division and Hublot-Chairman of the board, and CEO of Hublot Ricardo Guadalupe on new product designs and setting new trends; his market presence constituted an important asset on the creative side. He was also responsible for the management of special projects related to brand partnerships.
On January 15th 2018, on the occasion of the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie, Marco will take on a new role as CEO of the Geneva-based independent brand RJ-Romain Jerome.
ABOUT RJ-ROMAIN JEROME
Air, earth, sea, collaborations: RJ-Romain Jerome offers the raw energy of imagination to those who are capable of nurturing their most secret dreams. Born at the dawn of the 3rd millennium, RJ-Romain Jerome creates the watches of the new horological era. The magic of the Moon, the power of lava, underwater mysteries and creative collaborations are the poetic driving forces behind this artistic explosion.
Whether through recovering steel from the Titanic or from the Apollo 11 spacecraft, mingling silver with moon dust or sculpting volcano lava, RJ-Romain Jerome asserts its iconoclastic spirit and electrifies tradition by celebrating contemporary legends. Its approach is characterized by a blend of raw character and elaborate refinement, drawing as much on the roar of an erupting volcano as on the writings of H.G. Wells.
A taste for an all-conquering spirit and visionary avant-gardism merge with the realm of the imagination in the “Air”, “Earth”, “Sea” or “Collaborations” collections. These worlds exalt contemporary horizons through a resolutely masculine and contemporary touch. From the ocean depths to the immensity of space, from incandescent lava to age-old minerals and metals, the RJ-Romain Jerome collections are far more than just astonishing watches: they define a new era in watchmaking.