Movado Group Inc. Appoints Joe Faranda as Senior Vice President of Consumer Insights and Strategic Planning for Movado and ESQ By Movado

Jun 22, 2010, 07:44 ET from Movado Group Inc.

PARAMUS, N.J., June 22 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Movado Group Inc. (NYSE: MOV) today announced that Joe Faranda, business development and strategic and global  marketing expert, has been named Senior Vice President of Consumer Insights and Strategic Planning for Movado and ESQ by Movado.  This is a newly created position for Movado Group Inc.  Faranda will report directly to Efraim Grinberg, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Movado Group Inc.

Faranda most recently served as Chief Marketing Officer of International Flavors and Fragrances in New York.  Previously he worked for Avon Products for 17 years in positions of increasing responsibility including Vice President of Marketing Research, Vice President of Strategic Planning and Group Vice President of Global Strategy and Business Development.  

In his new position at Movado Group Inc., Faranda will be responsible for developing and overseeing the strategic plans for the Movado and ESQ by Movado brands, monitoring market trends, and overseeing consumer insights programs.  Faranda will work closely with the Merchandising and Product Development groups in creating launch strategies for new product introductions under both brands.

"This important new position at Movado Group will help us analyze the markets we do business in and the products we sell so that we can develop the appropriate marketing strategy to grow sales and market share for Movado and ESQ by Movado," said Movado Group Inc. Chairman and CEO Efraim Grinberg.  "Joe has incredible knowledge and experience in strategic marketing and business development.  I am extremely confident he will contribute tremendously to the continued success of these brands."

Movado Group, Inc. designs, manufactures, and distributes Movado, Ebel, Concord, ESQ by Movado, Coach, Hugo Boss, Lacoste, Juicy Couture and Tommy Hilfiger watches worldwide.

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SOURCE Movado Group Inc.



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