Belli, previously general manager of Pomellato, succeeds Andrea Morante, who will leave the company by year-end following a handover period, as planned since the acquisition agreement. She will report to Albert Bensoussan, ceo of the luxury watches and jewelry division at Kering.
Belli began her career in advertising at Ogily & Mather and Young & Rubicam. She joined the luxury division at L’Oréal Luxe in 1991, first as product manager for Helena Rubinstein and then international brand manager for Giorgio Armani fragrances.
In 1996, she moved to LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, where her roles included international brand director for Christian Dior Parfums, international brand manager for Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin and brand executive vice president of Bulgari. She joined Kering in April 2015.
Bensoussan, who has launched a wide-ranging reorganization of the Kering group watch and jewelry brands since taking up his post in May 2014, thanked Morante for his role in growing the Pomellato group and ensuring a harmonious transition.
Kering said his departure had been planned since it acquired Pomellato in 2013.
“I am pleased to have Sabina Belli taking the role of ceo of the Pomellato group. Since she joined, she has demonstrated a deep knowledge of the brands and their organizations. I am confident that her professional background and expertise of the luxury sector will be of great value to the brands’ development,” he said.
Founded in Milan in 1967, Pomellato is known for using colored stones in creations such as its Nudo rings. More recently, it has launched the Pomellato 67 range reinterpreting house codes in solid silver. Dodo, meanwhile, is best known for its charm bracelets.
“The two brands, Pomellato and Dodo, have a true distinctive creative identity and vision which makes them very unique on the jewelry market today,” said Belli. “I look forward to writing the next chapter in the history of such inspiring brands.”