Michele Norsa

MILAN–Fashion veteran Michele Norsa has been appointed a member of the board of directors of Ermenegildo Zegna Holditalia SpA, parent company of the Italian men’s wear group.

A graduate in Economics and Business at Milan’s Università Cattolica, Norsa is currently a non-executive director of Rocco Forte Hotels; a board member of Oettinger Davidoff AG; an industrial partner in Fondo Strategico Italiano (Italian Strategic Fund), and a member of the International Advisory Board of China International Business School.

Last year, Norsa exited Salvatore Ferragamo SpA, after a decade as the chief executive officer and general manager of the Italian fashion group. He spearheaded the company’s public listing in 2011 and helped grow the firm globally.

Previously, he held top executive roles at Valentino Fashion Group, Marzotto SpA, and Benetton Group, as well as at publishing companies Gruppo Rizzoli and Sansoni Editore.

“I am certain,” said Gildo Zegna, ceo of the family-owned group, “that Michele will bring significant added-value to our brand and will contribute to the success of the ‘Zegna way forward’ project.”

The members of the board at Zegna include: honorary chairman Angelo Zegna; chairman, Paolo Zegna; Gildo Zegna and directors Domenico De Sole; Henry Peter;  Marco Vitale, and Renata Zegna Schneider.

As reported, Gildo Zegna  has set in motion a new company model, reorganizing its structure. While the most visible result of this project is the return of Alessandro Sartori to the firm, Zegna has been working behind the scenes creating new key management roles and developing a new retail, marketing and digital strategy. These include: one single brand manager, for a consistent overview of all labels; a digital and marketing officer, Luxottica alum Luca Lo Curzio; a head of omnichannel, Zegna’s son Edoardo, and a head of retail experience, who is in charge of the homogeneity of stores, training store employees to be digitally experienced.

Sartori, who left Berluti last year, has responsibility across all Zegna brands and for all creative functions as artistic director, a new role. The collections were previously designed by Stefano Pilati. Sartori joined the Trivero, Italy-based group last June, and unveiled his first collection for fall 2017 in January with a runway show. In March, Zegna opened an atelier in Milan to offer a newly introduced bespoke service of Sartori designs.


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