Michael Margolis to be American President of Girard-Perregaux and JeanRichard

Mike Margolis

The Sowind Group, parent company of the Swiss luxury watch brands Girard-Perregaux and JeanRichard, has announced the appointment of Michael Margolis to its team as the new President of America. Margolis will join Michele Sofisti, Sowind Group CEO, Stefano Macaluso, Girard-Perregaux Managing Director, and Massimo Macaluso, JeanRichard Managing Director, to oversee the 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 served as a moderator on TimeZone.com from 1996 till 2007, where he developed a passion for timepieces. During this time, he began his professional career in the watch industry, when Hublot CEO (now Chairman of the Board) Jean-Claude Biver brought him aboard as sales director in the U.S.

“Mike is a remarkable individual, with true passion for the craft,” says Sofisti. “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 start in his new position on March 1st, 2012. “I am very excited and honored to join iconic brands like Girard-Perregaux and JeanRichard,” he says. “I have admired the brands and their heritage from afar for many years and greatly look forward to being a part of the team.”

Mike Margolis

About Mark Bernardo

Mark Bernardo is the digital media editor of WatchTime magazine, responsible for developing and overseeing the editorial content on WatchTime.com as well as for WatchTime's tablet editions for the iPad, Nook, and Kindle. As WatchTime's managing editor, from 2006 through 2011, he has written about numerous watch companies from major brands like Omega, TAG Heuer and Piaget, to exclusive artisan lines such as Jean Dunand, De Bethune and DeWitt. Prior to joining WatchTime, he was the editor of Smoke, a lifestyle magazine for cigar enthusiasts, whose beats included cigars, watches, cars, wines and spirits, celebrities, men's fashion, and other subjects, and has written about luxury items for a variety of men's-interest publications, including Robb Report, Robb Report Motorcycling, Stratos, Worth, and Bloomberg Markets.

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