François Thiébaud is not only in charge of Tissot but also member of the Executive Group Management Board of the Swatch group since 2006.
François Thiébaud also represents the Swatch Group in the AMS (Association des fournisseurs d’horlogerie) and he is member of the Baselworld Consulting Committee and President of the Baselworld Swiss Exhibitors Committee.
Due to his given power and incredible network in the watch industry he often acts as an éminence grise in the background. So don´t mess with him :-)
Over the years we have become good friends and I personally appreciate every exchange I have with François, since I always learn something new and get even a deeper insight of the industry. Sometimes I wonder if there is anyone and something François does not know.
In the interview we talked about the actual situation of the industry and about what will be next. You will be astonished to learn some of these facts. Smart watches are also an issue and the future of Swiss Made. And don´t forget Tissot was the first company to launch a smart watch in 1999 ...