Sylvie Ritter steps down from Baselworld

Managing Director of Baselworld, Sylvie Ritter, is stepping down from her position at the leading watch and jewelry fair, after 15 years. 

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"After 26 years with the MCH Group – 15 of which were as Managing Director of Baselworld – it's time for me to start something new and take on new challenges," said Ritter, in a news statement. 
 
The news follows the most recent edition of Baselworld, which faced some challenges. The event was two days shorter than usual with the number of exhibitors seriously dropping. 
 
Event organisers, the MCH Group, announced Michel Loris-Melikoff as her successor, who has promised to introduce new innovations for Baselworld 2019. He joined MCH Group three years ago. 
 
"We will be expanding the Baselworld team and further developing the event to continue along the path of quality enhancement and to meet the challenges of the future," he said.

"We will also be setting new accents so as to position Baselworld as the leading marketing and communication platform for the industry. We are tackling this task with a large number of new ideas and with valuable inputs from exhibitors, visitors and the media."
 
An initiative specific to the jewellery segment was introduced, while MCH Group promised new concepts for the watch and precious stone sectors, which are currently in the works, along with innovations in the fields of catering, hospitality and events, and more. 
 
Loris-Melikoff will begin his new position on July 1.

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