Mercedes Abramo

President and Chief Executive Officer,

Cartier North America

As the first female president and CEO of Cartier North America, it is with gratitude and humility that I'm participating in Dress for Success’ Your Hour, Her Power campaign.

Mercedes Abramo was appointed president and CEO of Cartier North America in June of 2014. She is the first female and the first American to hold this position in North America.

Ms. Abramo began her career at Cartier in 2008 as director of the flagship Fifth Avenue Mansion, later serving as assistant vice president of New York retail – overseeing all New York boutiques – and then as vice president of retail for all of North America. As president and CEO, Ms. Abramo oversees the strategy and operations for Cartier North America, including 29 boutiques and nearly 150 specialty retailers.

Before transitioning to luxury retail, first at Tiffany & Co., Ms. Abramo enjoyed a successful career in luxury hospitality, where she held management positions with Loews Miami Beach and Ritz Carlton Hotels. A few common threads shared by both industries – the importance of cultivating human connection and creating memorable client experiences – are what attracted Ms. Abramo to luxury hospitality and have contributed to her successful pivot to the retail sector.

Both within and outside the workplace, Ms. Abramo is a passionate champion of supporting and empowering women. She is a founding member of the Chief, the membership network focused on connecting and supporting women executive leaders. She is also a key advocate for the Cartier Women’s Initiative, a global entrepreneurship program that supports and empowers social impact-driven businesses led and owned by women entrepreneurs. Additionally, she serves on the advisory board of the Luxury Education Foundation, a public not-for-profit organization that focuses on educational programs for undergraduate and graduate students in design and business and serves on the board of trustees of St. Andrew’s School.

Ms. Abramo holds a BA in political science from Sewanee: The University of the South and an MBA in international luxury brand management from the prestigious ESSEC Business School.

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