DR. ROSSO: In a ceremony in Rome on Wednesday morning, Renzo Rosso is set to receive an honorary research doctorate in business economics from the University of Rome Tor Vergata. As founder of Diesel and its parent company OTB — which also owns fashion labels Maison Margiela and Marni, and manufacturing and distribution firms Staff International and Brave Kid — Rosso is to be recognized for his efforts “as an entrepreneur who changed the way people intuit, imagine, think, plan and spread style and a way of dressing around the world, giving value to the territory he works in,” according to a statement from the university.

Dean Giuseppe Novelli will attend the ceremony, which will feature opening remarks by Francesco Ranalli, head of the university’s business, government and philosophy department. Business organization professor Maurizio Decastri will confer the honorary degree on Rosso, who will then give a lecture titled “Life and business filled with courage, passion and simplicity,” before taking questions from students.

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