MILAN — Luxottica Group, the Italian eyewear manufacturer, has proposed Andrea Guerra as its new chief executive officer.

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The appointment will be voted on July 27 when Luxottica’s board of directors meets to approve the results of the period ending June 30.

Guerra, 38, is a well-respected manager who spent the past four years turning Merloni, a leading Italian white goods manufacturer, into a global player.

“The addition of Guerra to our management team is a particularly important step for our group because it addresses two important needs. On one hand, the group’s future growth will require an increasingly strong and structured management team, and on the other, the proposed appointment would allow me to focus exclusively on my responsibilities as chairman of the board of directors with a new ceo assuming control of day-to-day operations,” said Leonardo Del Vecchio, chairman of Luxottica, in a statement.

Guerra would replace the current ceo, Roberto Chemello, who will continue collaborating with Luxottica and will remain as a member of the board of directors.

— Alessandra Ilari