We were fortunate to sit down with Brian Duffy, CEO of Watches of Switzerland Group plc, to find out more about how their listing on London Stock Exchange in 2019 is helping the company achieve global brand recognition across a diverse investor base and diversify its finance options.
Plus, we learn how the listing has supported retaining top talent by enabling them to incentivise staff through share participation, and Brian's key advice to other founders and CEOs also considering an IPO.
Brian Duffy, CEO, Watches of Switzerland Group plc
Brian Duffy has been the CEO of Watches of Switzerland since 2014. He has been part of the Board since May 2019 ahead of the company successfully listing on the London Stock Exchange on June 4 2019. Brian has significant retail and international experience, financial acumen and a great understanding of the global luxury watch and jewellery sector.Prior to this Brian served on several boards across the fashion, retail and sports sectors including several subsidiaries of Ralph Lauren, as well as the boards of Celtic PLC and Sara Lee Corporation.Brian is an ICAS Chartered Accountant and holds an Honorary Doctorate from Glasgow Caledonian University.
Marcus Stuttard, Head of UK Primary Markets, Head of AIM, London Stock Exchange
Marcus Stuttard is Head of AIM and has responsibility for Primary Markets in the UK across both AIM and the Main Market. He is responsible for the management and development of AIM, London Stock Exchange’s international growth market for small and medium sized enterprises.He is a regular speaker on growth and business funding issues and sits on a number of industry and policy advisory bodies.
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