NEW YORK, Aug. 17, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Bulova President Gregory Thumm is pleased to announce that Robert Christiano has been appointed Executive Vice President, Global Marketing, effective August 3, 2015. In this role, Mr. Christiano will lead the overall global strategic marketing initiative to drive brand development and growth worldwide, and will report directly to Mr. Thumm.
"Robert's already had a major impact since joining us in March 2014," said Mr. Thumm. "I am confident that his talent, passion and leadership skills will continue to be transformative for our portfolio of brands."
Mr. Christiano brings 25+ years of brand-building expertise to this new position, including Fossil Group as Senior Vice President Sales/Marketing EMEA, the company's second-largest region in sales turnover. Other experience with fashion-aware classics such as Dr. Martens, Reebok and Clarks included responsibilities for sales and distribution at retail/wholesale levels, licensing initiatives, brand marketing and product development. Immediately prior to joining Bulova, he was tasked with setting up the European offices/operations for the Detroit-based Shinola lifestyle brand. Mr. Christiano credits his global perspective to living and working in Europe, before returning to the US to join Bulova as Senior Vice President International, Business Development.
"I am thrilled to take on this new challenge to reenergize Bulova's presence and accelerate its global marketing strategy. The company is a recognized leader in the industry with a strong vision and a rich history," says Mr. Christiano. Helping him in this endeavor is a team that includes Christopher Napolitano, VP, Marketing; Eric Ziman, Senior Manager, Creative Services; Stacey Kobelski, Senior Manager, Global Communications; and Gaelle Ranchon, newly promoted Director, Global Marketing Operations.
Founded in 1875, Bulova remains one of the world's most recognized brands, with a distinguished portfolio that includes Bulova, Bulova Accu•Swiss, Bulova Accutron II, Caravelle New York, Wittnauer watches, as well as licensed Harley-Davidson® Timepieces by Bulova watches, Frank Lloyd Wright Collection® watches and clocks, and Bulova Clocks. Bulova is headquartered in New York City, with eight International offices and distribution in 65 markets. Still at the forefront of the timekeeping industry, Bulova is committed to advancing the art of watchmaking with extraordinary design, exclusive high-performance technology and enduring quality that upholds a tradition of excellence and meets the needs of global consumers today. For more information, visit www.bulova.com.