EYES ON EYEWEAR: Kering is putting a new focus on its eyewear businesses — and has tapped Roberto Vedovotto, formerly chief executive officer at Safilo Group SpA, who is to start work at Kering effective today, WWD has learned.

Kering president and ceo François-Henri Pinault has tasked Vedovotto with reviewing the French group’s eyewear strategy across all brands in order to optimize and further develop the business. His remit is to coordinate Kering’s efforts across its luxury and sport-lifestyle brands, which include Balenciaga, Stella McCartney, Boucheron, Puma and Volcom.

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An Italian national, Vedovotto worked at Morgan Stanley for 11 years in London and Milan before joining Safilo in 2002.

He left the eyewear firm in 2006 to work at investment firms Lehman Brothers and Nomura before rejoining Safilo in 2009.