MILAN — The new phase of Gucci is beginning to take shape. Following the arrivals of Marco Bizzarri as the Italian luxury group’s president and chief executive officer and Alessandro Michele as creative director, two high-profile executives are joining the brand.
Stéphane Linder has been appointed president and ceo of Gucci Timepieces and Jewelry, effective March 11. He will report to Bizzarri.
Linder resigned from his position as president and ceo of Tag Heuer in December after 21 years at the company, which is owned by LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton. Before being promoted to the top role at Tag Heuer in 2013, Linder was vice president of sales for North America at the group, known for its Carrera, Monaco and Link collections.
A Swiss citizen, Linder graduated with a degree in engineering from the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, joining Tag Heuer’s research and development department in Switzerland in 1993. From 2007 to 2010, he was vice president of marketing and design at the company.
Linder succeeds Michele Sofisti, who left Gucci in November.
Jacopo Venturini is joining Gucci as executive vice president and chief merchandising and licensing officer, effective March 2, and also will report to Bizzarri. Venturini was previously worldwide ready-to-wear collection director and retail image coordinator at Valentino, a role he had held since 2008. Prior to that post, he was worldwide rtw merchandising coordinator at Prada.
Venturini succeeds Diana Zanetto.