Armani Makes Management Changes

Changes signal easing of designer's workload.

MILAN — Giorgio Armani SpA made three senior management changes, which signaled an easing of the 75-year-old founding designer’s workload.

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Effective Jan. 1, Gianni Gerbotto will leave his post as general manager of the Italian fashion group and take board responsibility for financial management and investments.

Livio Proli, general manager of subsidiary Simint SpA, will succeed Gerbotto as general manager of Giorgio Armani.

John Hooks, who is currently deputy general manager, will become group deputy chairman and will join the board of directors with responsibility for global strategy and markets and brand development. Hooks will maintain all his responsibilities for the group’s foreign subsidiaries, Armani said.

Armani revealed the coming changes in an exclusive interview with WWD last week, where he admitted to reshuffling his agenda to take better care of himself following an illness.