As CEO, Gavazza will be responsible for the end-to-end management of the Tom Ford fashion business, from collection development to merchandising, production as well as retail and wholesale distribution, the company said in a media release.
Ermenegildo Zegna Group has appointed Lelio Gavazza as CEO of Tom Ford Fashion, effective September 18. Gavazza will report to Zegna Group CEO Gildo Zegna and oversee Tom Ford Fashion’s collection development, merchandising, production, retail and wholesale distribution. Gavazza is expected to lead the growth of Tom Ford fashion worldwide.
Gildo Zegna Commented: “Lelio’s track record of strong global leadership brings outstanding luxury expertise to Tom Ford Fashion across retail management, wholesale distribution, marketing, digital and key markets including China. I have personally known and admired Lelio for many years and am confident that his world-class business acumen, deep international experience and leadership skills will prove invaluable in the development of the Tom Ford fashion business worldwide.”
Gavazza will work closely with Guillaume Jesel, President and CEO, Tom Ford, ensuring the alignment of fashion with the brand’s overall luxury strategy.
“I am delighted to welcome Lelio Gavazza as CEO of Tom Ford Fashion. The Estée Lauder Company and Tom Ford have an exceptional and long-standing relationship with Gildo Zegna and the Zegna Group. We look forward to working closely with Gildo, Lelio and their team to take Tom Ford fashion to its next level in global luxury,” said Guillaume Jessel.
Gavazza brings more than twenty years of experience in global luxury and luxury distribution to his role as CEO. He joins the company from the LVMH Group, where he is currently Executive Vice President, Sales and Retail at Bulgari. During his time at Bulgari and prior to his current role, Gavazza held a number of key regional leadership roles, including Managing Director of Greater China and Managing Director of Europe, Middle East and Africa.
Lelio Gavaza Said: “I am honored to join the Zegna Group as CEO of Tom Ford Fashion and look forward to working with Gildo Zegna and partnering with Guillaume Jesel to continue Tom Ford’s growth at the pinnacle of luxury fashion.”
Fibre2Fashion News Desk (KD)