Shinske resigns as Ebel USA president

Randi Shinske has resigned as president and chief executive officer of the luxury watch brand Ebel USA. She has held the post since March 2002, less than two months after she joined the company as vice president of sales.

Shinske told others of her resignation Friday at a meeting of the Women’s Jewelry Association, of which she is a member. A spokeswoman for Ebel confirmed the resignation. “She has left to pursue other opportunities,” she told JCK

Her replacement hasn’t yet been announced.

Prior to Ebel, Shinske held sales and management positions at Swatch, Montblanc, and Damiani. She is a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology, and, in addition to WJA, she is a member of the American Watch Association and the New York Jewelers Association.

In early 2004, the Movado Group bought Ebel from the LVMH luxury goods conglomerate for $47 million. In November, it appointed Thomas van der Kallen, previously president of Piaget North America, as president of Ebel worldwide. He came onboard in mid-January and reports directly to Efraim Grinberg, president and CEO of Movado Group, Inc.

In addition to Ebel, its most luxurious brand, the Movado Group designs, manufactures, and distributes Movado, Ebel, Concord, ESQ, Coach, and Tommy Hilfiger watches worldwide, and operates Movado boutiques and company stores in the United States.