Sporting a full beard, a smiling Patrizio di Marco appears on Stefano Gabbana‘s Instagram account with the designer; Alfonso Dolce, who is Domenico Dolce’s brother, and Diana Zanetto, a former executive vice president and chief merchandising and licensing officer at Gucci, who now works at Dolce & Gabbana.

Asked whether he, too, has joined the Italian fashion brand, di Marco confirmed to WWD that he is now a member of the company’s board and an independent adviser.

In January, sources had said the former chairman and chief executive officer of Gucci was set to join D0lce & Gabbana after honoring his one-year non-compete agreement. Sources in Milan later said di Marco and the company had not reached an agreement over his role and the company’s structure.

Di Marco left Gucci on Jan. 1, 2015, followed shortly afterward by creative director Frida Giannini, who is married to di Marco. The executive joined the Florence-based firm in 2009, succeeding Mark Lee. Prior to that, di Marco played an instrumental role in turning around Bottega Veneta as president and ceo for eight years.

Sources in Milan speculate that di Marco’s arrival at Dolce & Gabbana could be preparatory to a public listing.