Jean Claude Biver of Hublot - A Swiss Business Guru?  0 Comments


The Financial Times featured a report on Mr Jean Claude Biver (Hublot CEO) and what the business community can learn from Mr Biver's business leadership style.

Anyone who has met the gregarious Mr Jean Claude Biver cannot deny how his charisma makes him even larger than his large frame. Currently the CEO of Hublot and seen in many parts of the world where watch collectors gather. Of recent times, he has spent a lot of his time in Asia where he seems to be able to put even non English speakers at ease with his style of conversation and public speaking. Having met Mr Biver several times and hearing him speak at length about his background and history of the companies he commanded, one gets the sense that he has an inherent knack of understanding how to create a product to fit the market.

He was the man who turned around Blancpain, Omega and now Hublot. All three brands are unlike each other with differing history and products. Yet Mr Biver is able to infect his potential customers on why his current product is well worth the attention and why it is desirable. If there ever was an claim to success of a brand by being dependent on effective marketing, Mr Biver's management of Hublot would easily be on the top of that list.

Some years back a renowned magazine conducted a poll on the movers and shakers of the Swiss watch industry and while I was given the option to name three persons. I submitted only one, Mr Biver. Apparently so did many others of the closed poll - which he won.

I recommend highly reading the report from FT (link above) to get a glimpse of how the man conducts his business and how far he has been in the industry. I am proud to have known him and most definitely hope to hear him speak again when he returns to our shores for another visit.


Postscript - I found this video of JC Biver on youtube for those who have not seen him speak in public before. The curious thing is that he does not speak in English naturally but one cannot miss his grasp of how to make an impact on the listener.



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