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Kering names Bartolomeo Rongone as Bottega Veneta CEO

Jun '19
Bartolomeo Rongone/Pic: Business Wire
Bartolomeo Rongone/Pic: Business Wire
French luxury group Kering has appointed Bartolomeo Rongone as the CEO of Bottega Veneta, effective from September 1, 2019. He will report to François-Henri Pinault, chairman and chief executive officer of Kering, and will be a member of the company’s executive committee. He succeeds Claus-Dietrich Lahrs, who is set to quit from his position.

Rongone, who has an extensive experience in the fashion industry, was previously chief operating officer of Yves Saint Laurent with responsibilities on ready-to-wear, leather goods, and shoes as well as global retail operations and client engagement. As CEO of Bottega Veneta, his mission will be to realise the full potential of the new creative force that has been driving the Italian Maison since 2018, according to Kering.

An Italian national, ‘Leo’ Rongone, 48, began his career as a market analyst in the luxury sector. He joined Fendi in 2001, becoming head of business intelligence before taking on senior roles in the supply chain, merchandise planning and client relationship management. He joined Kering in 2012 as chief operating officer of Yves Saint Laurent, with responsibility for product and global retail operations.

“I would like to warmly thank Claus-Dietrich Lahrs for his commitment and his major achievements in nearly three years as head of Bottega Veneta. He made some decisive choices and created a new momentum for the Maison. I wish him the best for his future career. I’m delighted by the appointment of Leo Rongone, and appreciate his passion and energy. His knowledge of Luxury and managerial qualities will be decisive in his new role. I am sure he will be able to maintain this latest development phase in the history of Bottega Veneta by drawing on the Maison’s exceptional heritage and the creativity of Daniel Lee,” Pinault said. (GK)

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