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Movado Names New President of Sales, North America

MajorsApr 03, 2024

Movado Names New President of Sales, North America

Debbie Forman-Pavan will take on the role as Alan Chinich heads into retirement.

Debbie Forman-Pavan of Movado Group
Debbie Forman-Pavan, formerly the chief commercial officer for the fashion and performance division at Renfro Brands, is Movado Group’s new president of North America sales.
Paramus, N.J.—Movado Group has appointed a new president of North America sales.

Debbie Forman-Pavan will take on the role, succeeding Alan Chinich as he heads into retirement after 19 years with the company.

Chinich will serve as an advisor to support the transition until his official retirement in July.

Forman-Pavan will be tasked with leading all sale avenues in North America, working to bolster revenue growth.

In its previous fiscal year, the company struggled in the U.S. as well as Europe, its two largest markets, citing a challenging retail environment.

Looking to turn things around, the company has committed $25 million to its marketing budget.

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“I am honored to join the organization and look forward to working with and becoming a part of the team,” she said. “I have always admired the renowned, iconic global watch brands under the Movado Group portfolio. I am looking forward to building upon the existing platform in place to amplify our growth across North America.”

Prior to joining Movado, she was the chief commercial officer for the fashion and performance division at Renfro Brands, managing multiple hosiery businesses, including the company’s Ralph Lauren business.

Previously, she was also an executive vice president of the accessories division for Global Brands Group, working with Michael Kors, Calvin Klein, Kate Spade, and its other lifestyle brands.

Forman-Pavan has also held various leadership roles with LVMH and Salvatore Ferragamo.

Movado CEO Efraim Grinberg said, “She brings a wealth of experience and a proven track record of success in the luxury and contemporary accessories sector. We are confident that our iconic brands will continue to grow within North America under her leadership.”

Grinberg also shared his gratitude to the departing Chinich.

“We are grateful to have worked with Alan for nearly two decades and appreciate his unwavering commitment to excellence and valuable contributions to our company. Under his leadership, Movado has achieved remarkable milestones and sustained growth. We wish him the very best in retirement.”


Lenore Fedowis the associate editor, news at National Jeweler, covering the retail beat and the business side of jewelry.

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