31. Jean-Frédéric Dufour

Jean Frederic Dufour
Age 53
Occupation CEO, Rolex SA
Nationality Swiss
Position Last Year 30

Jean-Frédéric Dufour gets the CEO position as of 17th June 2015. Former CEO Gian Riccardo Marini has been in charge since 2011.

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Rolex is a completely integrated and independent watchmaking company, built on uncompromising values, with unparalleled means to perpetuate its passion for perfection via its Oyster and Cellini watches. A mission that fell to Jean-Frédéric Dufour in June 2015, when the new Chief Executive Officer took on the leadership mantle from Gian Riccardo Marini.

A respected figure in the watch industry, Jean-Frédéric Dufour is the sixth CEO to preside over the brand’s destiny. Mr Dufour graduated in Commercial and Industrial Science / Economics from the University of Geneva before working in the banking industry in Hong Kong. He returned to Switzerland and began a successful career managing renowned watch brands, where he gained experience in watchmaking sales, production and marketing, as well as in product development.

In keeping with the path steered by his predecessors, Jean-Frédéric Dufour aims to reinforce Rolex’s status worldwide and perpetuate a legend that combines tradition, prestige and technology. An epic of beauty, excellence and ingenuity, punctuated with major innovations.

Rolex is a Global Partner and Official Timepiece of Formula 1, the pinnacle of motorsport. This partnership, formed in 2013, marks the culmination of the brand’s history of close ties with motor racing, speed and cutting-edge technology. The enduring spirit and rich heritage of Formula 1, together with its commitment to bold performance and innovation, align with Rolex’s pursuit of perpetual excellence.

Rolex partners Formula 1 through each era of change as teams and drivers integrate innovative and sustainable technology while providing fans with the ultimate racing experience. At every Grand Prix, the official Rolex Pit Lane Clock provides a visual reminder of the importance of timing.

The Swiss watchmaker’s presence at the forefront of motor racing is cemented by a close association with celebrated Formula 1 drivers Sir Jackie Stewart, Mark Webber and Nico Rosberg, who are part of Rolex’s family of Testimonees.

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