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Ermenegildo Zegna

Biography

Ermenegildo Zegna has been CEO of the Ermenegildo Zegna Group since 1997, having served on the Board since 1989. Previously, he held senior executive positions within the Zegna Group including Usa, after a retail experience at Bloomingdale’s, New York.

He is a Member of the International Advisory Board of IESE Business School of Navarra, Spain, then Board Member of the Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana, of the Council for the United States and Italy, and, effective from October 2014, Board Member of FCA (Fiat Chrysler Automobile) as non operative independent director.

In 2011 he was nominated “Cavaliere del Lavoro” by the President of the Italian Republic.

A graduate in economics from the University of London, Ermenegildo Zegna also studied at the Harvard Business School.

Zegna, a standard of excellence for the entire luxury fashion industry, is a vertically integrated company that covers sourcing wool at the markets of origin, manufacturing, marketing  right through directly operated stores. Under the guidance of the fourth generation, the Group expanded its network to 546 stores, of which 312 are fully owned in over 100 countries. In 2013 Zegna reached consolidated sales of 1,27 Billion euro, achieving global leadership in men’s luxury wear.

The Company has a strong commitment in social responsibility, and the Zegna Group pursues, year after year, ongoing research to ensure the highest quality of its products in absolute respect of the environment. Moreover, the Group manages the philanthropic activities of the Zegna family in support of organizations that work to improve society and the environment. These activities are promoted by Fondazione Zegna, of which Anna Zegna is President. The Zegna group is also committed to contemporary arts through projects such as ZegnArt, which was launched worldwide in 2012 and is a structured set of activities in the field of visual arts within a contemporary context.

As part of its ongoing policy of human resource development, supported through training and incentive programs, the Zegna Group inaugurated the Ermenegildo Zegna Founder’s Scholarship in 2014. The program will provide €1 million annually to enable talented Italian graduates to pursue postgraduate studies, while encouraging them to return to Italy upon completion of their programs abroad. The project is expected to run for 25 years and is a tribute to the Group’s founder, Ermenegildo Zegna, who was well-known for his philanthropy and commitment to Italy.

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