Jan-Patrick Schmitz has been named president and chief executive officer of Montblanc North America, effective Aug. 1. The brand, best known for its pens and watches, is owned by Swiss luxury goods group Richemont. Karsten Martens, who held the post for four years, will take over Montblanc’s global Travel Retail business beginning in October.
Schmitz, who joined Montblanc in 1994, has been director of its International Executive Committee and head of global supply chain management at Montblanc’s international headquarters in Hamburg, Germany. He previously was president and CEO of Montblanc Japan.