Our firm was founded by Jan-Patrick Schmitz. He dedicated his career to the development of consumer brands where the excellence of craft, superior product quality and the beauty of design are central to the brand equity. Mr. Schmitz is also the CEO and Chairman of the Management Board of the WÜSTHOF Group. In addition, he serves on the board of directors of Thornwillow Press and the German American Chamber of Commerce in New York.
He is the former Chairman of the Steiff Group, a diversified company operating in the consumer and engineering space. He served for over two decades on the global leadership team of MONTBLANC, a Richemont-owned luxury brand. He has been instrumental in repositioning and growing Montblanc into a $ 1+ billion company.
For many years, he was a driving force behind the “The 24-Hour Plays” on Broadway and the “The 24-Hour Plays: Los Angeles”. He has been actively involved with Urban Arts Partnership, a New York-based organization providing arts curriculum to underserved schools in the New York City and the Los Angeles public school system. Previously, he served on the Board of Directors of “Jewelers for Children” and the advisory board of the Ethics Institute at Kent Place School.
Mr. Schmitz is a thought leader in the consumer goods space with extensive experience in brand management. He lived and worked in the United States, Europe, and Asia. He has been a guest lecturer on global consumer brand strategies at various universities including Harvard Business School, George Washington University, New York University and the Fashion Institute of Technology.