PARIS — Bolstering its leadership in the face of declining sales and a tough economic environment, Cartier said it is bringing in new management and creative talent.

The Paris jewelry house, controlled by luxury group Compagnie Financière Richemont, said Monday longtime Richemont board member Franco Cologni would join Cartier as executive chairman.

Cologni, 69, held a similar position between 2000 and 2002 before he was named president of Richemont’s strategic committee. He will work with chairman Bernard Fornas, who joined Cartier last fall from Baume & Mercier, succeeding Guy Leymarie.

Meanwhile, Italian designer Giampiero Bodino, who has been an artistic consultant to Richemont, will become artistic director for Cartier starting in September. He replaces Pierre Rainero, who will become director of strategy, a new post.

The changes come as Cartier navigates choppy waters. Last month, Richemont executive chairman Johann Rupert announced the closure of a Cartier production facility at La Chaux de Fonds, Switzerland.

Sales at Cartier, which represent about 55 percent of Richemont’s overall turnover, fell about 8.5 percent last year. Rupert has blamed the house’s innovation rate, saying that new products have failed to generate a sufficient percentage of overall sales.

Richemont controls Dunhill, Van Cleef & Arpels, Lancel, Chloé and Hackett, among other brands.

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