PARIS — Kering has appointed new chief executive officers at Bottega Veneta and Christopher Kane as part of a management reshuffle in its luxury division unveiled earlier this year, WWD has learned.
Carlo Alberto Beretta will take over as ceo of Bottega Veneta effective Jan. 7. A graduate from Bocconi University in Milan, Beretta joins the fashion house from Ermenegildo Zegna, where he has spent the last 11 years, most recently as retail development director. Beretta previously worked at Valentino and La Rinascente.
He will report to Marco Bizzarri, the former ceo of Bottega Veneta, who in July took up his new post as ceo of Kering’s luxury couture and leather goods division, based in Cadempino, Switzerland, where Kering has a centralized logistics and distribution hub.
As expected, Bizzarri will remain president of Bottega Veneta in order to ensure a smooth transition, Kering said.
Bizzarri said he’s confident Beretta “has the skills and experience necessary to build on the work done so far and to continue supporting the growth of the brand globally.”
Meanwhile, Sarah Crook has been named ceo of Christopher Kane, effective Nov. 17. She succeeds Alexandre de Brettes and will also report to Bizzarri. De Brettes will stay at the company to oversee the hand over before taking up another position within the group.
A graduate of Manchester Metropolitan University, Crook joined Stella McCartney in 2004 as merchandise and business development director and was appointed vice president in 2009. She subsequently acted as a strategic brand and business consultant to the British Fashion Council and leading fashion brands for two years.
Bizzarri trumpeted Crook’s strong merchandising and commercial skills and said her expertise in business development acquired over the years would help the Kane brand realize its expansion potential.
“I would like to warmly thank Alexandre de Brettes for his dedication to Christopher Kane and for having successfully accomplished the integration of the brand within the Kering group,” he added.
As part of the reorganization of the luxury division, revealed in April, former Louis Vuitton executive Albert Bensoussan now heads Kering’s luxury watches and jewelry division.
Both report to François-Henri Pinault, chairman and ceo of Kering, and sit on its executive committee. Gucci, the cash cow of the French conglomerate and its largest property, operates separately from those divisions under Patrizio di Marco, its chairman and ceo since 2009.