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Giorgio Armani welcomes Mr Bruno Laguardia as US Chief

Apr '08
Giorgio Armani S.p.A. announces the appointment of Bruno Laguardia, 61, as Chief Executive Officer of Giorgio Armani Corporation, its wholly-owned U.S. subsidiary.

Mr. Laguardia has been responsible for spearheading the creation and organization of Trimil S.p.a, a joint venture between Giorgio Armani Group and Zegna Group, established in 2000, established to oversee manufacturing and distribution of the “Armani Collezioni” menswear line. Mr. Laguardia began his career at Bassetti Group, an international manufacturer and distributor of home textile products, followed by executive postings with Ermenegildo Zegna Group.

Giorgio Armani, President and Chief Executive of Giorgio Armani S.p.A., said: “I am delighted to welcome Bruno Laguardia to our U.S. executive management team. He is an accomplished professional with a broad range of experience in the areas of manufacturing, wholesale and retail operations. He is a leader with great collaborative skills and a proven track record in developing and motivating organizations and building strong client relationships. Through his previous connection with the Armani Group, we can be sure that he will quickly make an impact on the growth and prosperity of our North American business.”

Opened in 1983, Giorgio Armani Corporation is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Giorgio Armani S.p.A., overseeing all of the company's operations in the US, with over 800 employees and a directly controlled retail network of 12 Giorgio Armani boutiques, two Armani/Casa stores, 11 Emporio Armani stores, 7 General Stores and two Armani/Café's. The US market today represents around 24 % of the Giorgio Armani's wholesale revenues (year ended 31 December 2007).

The Armani Group is one of the leading fashion and luxury goods groups in the world today with 5,000 direct employees and 13 factories.

Giorgio Armani S.p.A.

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