MILAN — Former Gucci chairman and chief executive officer Patrizio di Marco has joined Golden Goose Deluxe Brand as chairman of the board. He succeeds Marco De Benedetti, who will remain as director, and is managing director and cohead of Carlyle’s Europe Buyout group, the buzzy sneaker label’s parent fund.
Giorgio Presca, chief executive officer of Golden Goose Deluxe Brand, has exited the label, succeeded by Silvio Campara, the brand’s chief commercial officer since 2013. His background includes experiences at Giorgio Armani and Sundek.
Presca had joined Golden Goose in March 2017 from Italian footwear company Geox. His arrival coincided with the completion of the acquisition of Golden Goose by The Carlyle Group, and he was tasked with structuring the organization and growing its business globally, which was “successfully completed,” the company said. Presca will continue to collaborate with Carlyle as director of the board of Italian fashion company Twinset SpA, also under the fund’s umbrella.
Carlyle purchased Golden Goose from the founders and creative directors Alessandro Gallo and Francesca Rinaldo; Ergon Capital Partners, and Zignago Holding SpA, which is controlled by the Marzotto family. Ergon Capital Partners III SA acquired a majority stake in Golden Goose in 2015.
The investment was made specifically by Carlyle Europe Partners IV, a Europe-focused, upper-midmarket buyout fund and Carlyle Asia Growth Partners V.
Carlyle’s other significant investments in the European fashion and apparel sector include Moncler; Twinset, and Dutch lingerie firm Hunkemöller International BV.
Golden Goose was established in 2000 with headquarters in Venice.