PARIS — The management shuffle at Kering continues.
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On Tuesday, the French group said it had tapped Bottega Veneta executive Gianluca Flore as Brioni’s new chief executive officer, effective Nov. 1.
It was the second appointment in as many days made by Marco Bizzarri, the former ceo of Bottega Veneta, who in July took up a new post as ceo of Kering’s luxury couture and leather goods division. As reported, former Stella McCartney and British Fashion Council executive Sarah Crook is to become ceo of Christopher Kane, effective Nov. 17.
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At Brioni, Flore is to succeed Francesco Pesci, who will “take his career in a new direction,” Kering said. His next move could not immediately be learned.
Pesci had been with Brioni, based in Penne, Italy, for almost 15 years.
Flore has been with Bottega since 2008, initially as president in the Americas region, and most recently as worldwide retail and wholesale director and ceo of the Asia-Pacific area.
An Italian national, Flore started his career as an auditor and financial adviser at Arthur Andersen and went on to work at La Perla North America and Fendi Americas.
At Brioni, he reports to Bizzarri and is charged with continuing to develop the Italian men’s wear brand internationally, taking advantage of a fast-growing category of business.
Bizzarri said Flore’s “understanding of the luxury market and his knowledge of brand development overseas” would be “invaluable in perpetuating the success and international reputation of the house.”
Bizzarri also thanked Pesci for his dedication to Brioni. “The integration of the company into the Kering group was a highly important mission and he accomplished it successfully. The brand can now enter a new phase of its development,” he added.
Also this week, Bizzarri tapped Carlo Alberto Beretta from Ermenegildo Zegna to take over as ceo of Bottega Veneta effective Jan. 7. Bizzarri is to remain president of Bottega in order to ensure a smooth transition, as reported.
Kering, then PPR, acquired 100 percent of Brioni from the founding families in 2011 with a plan to push into accessories and expand in the explosive Asian market.