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Who makes the news today or who will be making it tomorrow? Whoever it is, we want them in our Newsmaker show! In a long format interview we give our guest time to talk about their work but also their personality. We want to know what drives them, what the secret of their success is or how they became what they are.


Breitling bets on livestreaming amid new “customer-centric” approach
Breitling hasn’t yet revealed if it will be at Baselworld 2020, but CEO Georges Kern says the watchmaker will hold more so-called “Breitling summits” for journalists and retailers. Livestreaming the events and shipping products promptly are also part of the plan to be more consumer focused.

Thierry Stern: Baselworld without Patek and Rolex would be a “disaster”
Tech giants like Apple may be taking a bite out of the watch market, but that doesn’t bother Thierry Stern, the president of luxury watchmaker Patek Philippe. He does, however, worry about the future of Baselworld, especially if his firm and Rolex don’t attend in 2020.

Is it make-or-break time for Baselworld?
A vision for Baselworld 2020 and beyond—including a new digital approach—will be unveiled by Managing Director Michel Loris-Melikoff tomorrow. But will this be enough to secure the long-term future of the world’s best-known watch fair and convince big names like Swatch to return?

“The time for negotiation with the EU is over,” says Raymond Loretan
As a man who sits on many boards, Raymond Loretan, head of the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève, knows about strong leadership. When it comes to Switzerland’s framework agreement with the EU, he says that a “lack of leadership” is to blame for not getting the deal done.

Raymond Loretan’s “Oscars for watches” may transform the industry
Even though the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève, the annual awards ceremony for watchmaking, is in its 19th year, few outside the industry are aware of it. Raymond Loretan, head of GPHG, plans to change that by turning the event into the “Oscars for watches” and bringing its glamour to the entire world.

IATA CEO de Juniac: European airlines are “still strong”
Carriers in Europe have been struggling with rising fuel prices and the toll from the U.S.-China trade war. But Alexandre de Juniac, head of global aviation body IATA, says that after the hard landing of Britain’s Monarch, Air Berlin, and Germania Flug, he doesn’t see more airlines going bust.

IATA CEO: We will see electric airplanes in 20 years
Electric planes will be ready in 20 years, according to Alexandre de Juniac, director general & CEO of the Geneva-based International Air Transport Association. While he strongly rejects an aviation levy, he says the industry’s targets to mitigate CO2 emissions from air transport will be effective.