By  on June 14, 2007

MILAN — Valentino SpA has tapped Dante D’Angelo, a former Gianni Versace executive, to oversee its licensing and branding activities in a newly created role.

D’Angelo began his new job June 1. “Considering Valentino SpA’s ambitious growth plans, the company has strengthened its management team,” said Stefano Sassi, chief executive of Valentino Fashion Group SpA, parent of the Valentino fashion house. D’Angelo oversees Valentino’s licensing agreements with its partners including Procter & Gamble for beauty, Safilo for eyewear and Timex Group for watches.

Prior to joining Valentino, D’Angelo oversaw marketing and licensing for Versace. There, he was managing a project to relaunch the Versus diffusion label. His appointment is not linked to Valentino Fashion Group’s ownership changes. His job negotiations took place before Italian private equity firm Permira secured control of the company earlier this month.

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