MILAN–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Gianni Versace S.p.A. announced today that Jonathan Akeroyd has been
appointed Chief Executive Officer.
Mr. Akeroyd served as CEO of Alexander McQueen from 2004 until May 2016.
“We are delighted to welcome Jonathan Akeroyd as our new CEO,” said
Donatella Versace, Vice President and Artistic Director. “Jonathan
brings a proven track record in building global brands, steering growth
and driving strategic development. Jonathan Akeroyd’s industry expertise
and vision will be key to advancing the next phase of Versace’s
“It is an honor to be joining such a dynamic and innovative
organization. Versace is an iconic lifestyle brand recognized globally
as a premier name in luxury. I look forward to implementing a long-term
business strategy that supports the visionary and creative direction of
Donatella Versace and her team. This is an exciting opportunity to take
Versace to even greater success,” said Jonathan Akeroyd.
While at Alexander McQueen, Jonathan successfully oversaw the growth and
the international expansion of the brand, working with the creative and
leadership teams during one of the Company’s most robust periods.
He succeeds Gian Giacomo Ferraris, who joined Versace in 2009 and led
the Company during an important period of strong growth. “We are proud
of our ability to attract visionary leaders,” said Donatella Versace.
“Mr. Ferraris has done a superb job of securing Versace’s status as one
of the world’s leading luxury brands. We thank him for his efforts and
wish him all the best for the future.”
Founded in 1978, Gianni Versace S.p.A. is one of the world’s leading
fashion design houses. Under the Artistic Direction of Donatella Versace
since 1997, Versace designs, manufactures, distributes and retails
fashion and lifestyle products including haute couture, women’s and
men’s ready-to-wear, jewelry, watches, accessories, fragrances and
furniture. Versace products are available globally through prominent
retailers and the Company’s growing network of over 180 Versace retail
stores. Please visit www.versace.com
for additional information.
The Dilenschneider Group
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