Martin Thomas Gatins, a senior vice president at Cartier North America, died on Friday at New York Presbyterian Hospital of complications arising from a five-year battle with leukemia. He was 61.
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Gatins was born in Paris but raised in Atlanta. He attended the University of Tennessee, where he earned a degree in business administration. His career prior to Cartier included stints as a chemical company executive, a cut flower importer and a manufacturer’s representative in the textile and textile chemical industries.
He joined Cartier in 1996 as director of the eyewear division for Latin America. Later, he became assistant vice president of eyewear for North America and then vice president of the wholesale division. Gatins was promoted to senior vice president of the wholesale division in 2005, with responsibilities for watches, eyewear and writing instruments in North America. He was also a member of the executive committee.
Beyond his direct responsibilities, he was known within the company as a mentor to many junior executives.
As a leader in the luxury industry, Gatins was a former president of the American Watch Association, a member of the 24 Karat Club of New York City and was a cochair of the Jewelry Information Center’s Gem Awards.
Gatins is survived by his wife, Dianne Clark Gatins, and four children: Phillip, Audrey, Jeanette and John. In addition, he is survived by a daughter-in-law, two grandchildren, two brothers and two sisters. A third brother predeceased him in 1995.
A memorial mass will be held at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York today at 2:30 p.m., followed by a reception at the Cartier Mansion at 653 Fifth Avenue. A second mass will be held at Christ the King Cathedral in Atlanta on Wednesday at 4:00 p.m., with a reception to follow at the Piedmont Driving Club at 5:30 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Leukemia Fighters at cornellleukemia.com/leukemia-fighters.