LONDON — Arnaud Bamberger, the executive chairman of Cartier U.K. and a fixture in the London luxury goods world, will retire in August when he turns 70.
Bamberger has been with Cartier for 30 years, and held top retail management positions in New York and Paris before taking up the role of managing director for the U.K. The company said he has tripled turnover in the U.K. market since his arrival in 1992. His new title will be honorary chairman for Cartier U.K.
Bamberger also oversees the watch brands belonging to Cartier’s parent, Compagnie Financière Richemont, in the U.K. market. Since his arrival in London, he’s been a familiar face on the social and sporting scenes, hosting a series of events during the year, including the annual Cartier-sponsored polo match, which he’d watch alongside Queen Elizabeth and other British royals.
The ever-dapper Bamberger was born into a branch of the Lumière family of pioneering filmmakers and raised in France. He studied philosophy and economics at university before joining Rothmans, then owned by Anton Rupert, father of Richemont’s majority owner Johann Rupert.
Bamberger was hired by Alain Dominique Perrin, then president of Cartier, who is now executive director of Richemont.
In recognition of his work for Cartier, Bamberger was awarded the Chevalier de l’Ordre National de la Légion d’Honneur in April 2009.
For the past two years, Bamberger has been working alongside Laurent Feniou, Cartier’s managing director for the U.K. Feniou was previously a managing director at Rothschild in London and joined Cartier in 2013.