Hermès Family Members Invest in Jeweler

Arthus-Bertrand has sold a 45 percent stake to the Guerrand-Hermès family.

PARIS — French jeweler Arthus-Bertrand has sold a 45 percent stake in its capital to the Guerrand-Hermès family, part of the family group that owns Hermès International, for an undisclosed sum, a spokeswoman for the firm said Tuesday.

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The group has named Gil Piette chief executive officer, making him the first non-family member to occupy the post. He succeeds Nicolas Arthus-Bertrand, 68.

Piette has been charged with accelerating the development of the French company, founded in 1803, which produces everything from christening medals to the Legion of Honor medal, the highest decoration in France. Arthus-Bertrand has annual sales in the region of 34 million euros, or $44 million at current exchange.

The Guerrand, Dumas and Puech families collectively own more than 70 percent of the shares in Hermès International.