Ermenegildo Zegna (businessman)

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Ermenegildo Zegna (Italian pronunciation: [ermeneˈdʒildо dˈdzeɲɲa]; born 30 September 1955), often simply known and referred to as Gildo Zegna, is an Italian entrepreneur and manager. He is Chairman and CEO of Ermenegildo Zegna Group.

Gildo Zegna and Paolo Zegna

Early life and education Edit

Gildo is a grandson of Ermenegildo Zegna, who founded the family business in 1910. Gildo Zegna was born in Turin in 1955.[1] His father Angelo, who had run the business since the mid-1960s with his brother Aldo, was the Company's honorary chairman until his death in 2021.[1][2][3]

Gildo Zegna graduated in economics from the University of London in 1978. In 1981, he attended a managerial program at the Harvard Business School.[4]

Career Edit

Gildo Zegna entered the family business in 1982, managing the distribution of Zegna products in the U.S. and Canada as President of Ermenegildo Zegna Corporation.[4]

From 1986 to 1989 he served as CEO of Italco SA, supervising the distribution of Zegna products in Spain.[4][5]

Gildo Zegna has been a board member of Ermenegildo Zegna Group since 1989, becoming chief executive officer in 1997.[6] Under his guide, together with his cousin Paolo Zegna, the label has undertaken a strategy of full verticalization and brand extension.[1][7] The Zegna Group took over the high-end textile manufacturer Bonotto in 2016;[8] the historic Cappellificio Cervo hat-maker and the American label Thom Browne in 2018;[9][10] the Italian high-quality jersey fabrics manufacturer Dondi in 2019;[11] the fabric makers Tessitura Ubertino and Tessitura Biagioli Modesto in 2021.[12][13]

In addition to running the Zegna Group, Gildo Zegna is also Chairman of the board of directors of Thom Browne Inc. and a board member of Tom Ford International. He is also Chairman of Filati Biagioli Modesto.[13] He served as a board member of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV from 2014 to 2018. Gildo Zegna is a member of the Council for the United States and Italy and of the Camera Nazionale della Moda italiana.[14]

Awards and honors Edit

Gildo Zegna was awarded the title Knight of Labour (Cavaliere del lavoro) in 2011 by Italian president Giorgio Napolitano.[citation needed]

In 2016, he received the Leonardo Prize from Italian President Sergio Mattarella, a prestigious award given to an Italian personality who has acted in a significant way to promote the image of Italy in the world.[15]

Personal life Edit

He is married and has two sons.[5]

Honours Edit

  • Knight of the Order of Merit for Labour (2011)

References Edit

  1. ^ a b c Schwass, Joachim (2005). Wise Growth Strategies in Leading Family Businesses. Palgrave Macmillan. p. 17.
  2. ^ "Dream Weavers". Vanity Fair. Retrieved 2019-10-07.
  3. ^ Carrera, Martino (2021-08-20). "Angelo Zegna, Son of Ermenegildo Zegna, Dies at 97". WWD. Retrieved 2022-05-04.
  4. ^ a b c "2015 - Ermenegildo Zegna". Comitato Leonardo. Retrieved 2019-10-07.
  5. ^ a b "Tempting big spenders with their own language - Business -". Retrieved 2019-10-07.
  6. ^ "Gildo Zegna, Ermenegildo Zegna Group: Profile and Biography - Bloomberg Markets". Retrieved 2019-10-07.
  7. ^ Schwass; Hillerström; Küack; Lief (2011). Wise Wealth: Creating It, Managing It, Preserving It. Palgrave Macmillan. p. 41.
  8. ^ "Ermenegildo Zegna Group acquires majority stake in Bonotto".
  9. ^ Salibian, Sandra (2018-01-22). "Ermenegildo Zegna Group-Controlled Company Takes Over Italian Hattery". WWD. Retrieved 2022-05-04.
  10. ^ "Italian tailor Ermenegildo Zegna acquires Thom Browne". Reuters. 2018-08-28. Retrieved 2022-05-04.
  11. ^ US, FashionNetwork com. "Ermenegildo Zegna buys majority stake in high-end Italian knitwear producer Dondi". Retrieved 2022-05-04.
  12. ^ UK, FashionNetwork com. "Zegna buys control of top-shelf fabric maker Tessitura Ubertino". Retrieved 2022-05-04.
  13. ^ a b US, FashionNetwork com. "Prada, Zegna buy majority stake in Filati Biagioli Modesto". Retrieved 2022-05-04.
  14. ^ "Consiglio di amministrazione | Ermenegildo Zegna Group". Zegna Group (in Italian). Retrieved 2022-05-04.
  15. ^ Turra, Alessandra (2016-03-08). "Gildo Zegna Honored at the Leonardo Prizes". WWD. Retrieved 2019-10-07.