MILAN — Marcolin SpA has tapped Massimo Stefanello as its chief financial officer and chief operating officer, effective Jan. 16. Stefanello, who was previously corporate and financial manager of Lir, which controls the Geox firm, will directly report to chief executive officer Giovanni Zoppas. Prior to this post, Stefanello worked for GlaxoSmithKline and Benetton Sportsystem USA.
“Massimo’s financial background highlights his successful organization and operations skills. Thanks to his collaboration our management team will acquire international professional expertise for this new company journey,” stated Zoppas.
In conjunction, Valerio Giacobbi was appointed general manager of sales, marketing and business strategies, and he will also report to Zoppas.
Giacobbi is a veteran of rival eyewear firm Luxottica Group, covering roles such as executive director business development, executive vice president retail North America, and general affairs manager.
“Valerio brings his in-depth knowledge of the sector to Marcolin and an incredible management and organization leadership, further strengthening the group’s management team,” said Zoppas.
“Giacobbi’s appointment is in line with the new strategic development objective undertaken by the group,” underscored Raffaele Vitale, a partner at Pai Partners, the European private equity firm that agreed to acquire a majority stake in Marcolin in October.
Marcolin produces and distributes eyewear collections for a number of brands, including Tom Ford, Balenciaga, Dsquared2, Roberto Cavalli and Swarovski, along with its house labels Marcolin and Web Eyewear.
The new owners plan to boost Marcolin’s international expansion and the long-term agreements with brands in its portfolio.
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