LONDON — Pilar Boxford, group public relations director for Compagnie Financière Richemont, parent of brands including Cartier, Alfred Dunhill, Van Cleef & Arpels, and IWC, will retire as of April 1, the company said.
She will also step down from the group management committee at the same time, and will not be replaced on the committee.
“After 33 years, Pilar's knowledge and her contribution to Cartier and our other Maisons’ unique position are demonstrated by their worldwide reputations,” Johann Rupert, Richemont's executive chairman and chief executive officer, said in a statement.
A glamorous, fun-loving figure, Boxford joined Cartier Paris in 1979 as product manager for the launch of Cartier Parfums, and subsequently became responsible for Cartier’s worldwide public relations strategy. Five years later, she transferred to Cartier London as communications director.
In 2004, Boxford was named group public relations director and joined the group management committee. Following her retirement, she will continue as a consultant, supporting the Cartier brands on "key public relations matters."
According to Richemont, the management committee is made up of the board's executive directors together with the chief executive officers of certain leading business units as well as regional and functional heads. It is responsible for the management of Richemont's underlying businesses and investments, and reports to the Richemont board of directors.
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