By  on July 24, 2018

MILAN — Some may call it serendipity. Rodrigo Bazan’s move into fashion from his previous roles at Motorola and Deloitte came via Gucci and former president and chief executive officer Domenico De Sole — and a touch of fate. After reading a 2001 Time cover story, “Style Wars,” on De Sole and Gucci’s then-creative director Tom Ford, Bazan was particularly intrigued by their turnaround of the brand and their battle for control opposite LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, and fascinated by how “very strong designs can touch people in a brief time.”

Shortly after, a former colleague was called for an interview at Gucci in Florence, but she suggested Bazan apply for the job, given his relationship with Italy. The Argentina-born Bazan, whose mother is Italian, was eventually hired and would continue to work with the group as chief financial officer and later general manager of Alexander McQueen before joining Marc Jacobs International LLC as vice president and general manager Europe, Middle East and India. In 2010, he left that group to join Alexander Wang as president, a role he held until May 2016, when he was appointed ceo of Thom Browne Inc.

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