Vedovotto Lands New Role at Kering

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PARIS— Kering, formally PPR and owner of luxury brands Gucci, Saint Laurent Paris and Bottega Veneta, among others, has hired Roberto Vedovotto, formerly CEO of Safilo Group, to review the French group’s eyewear strategy, effective immediately.

Vedovotto will be responsible for the eyewear strategy across all brands in order to optimize and further develop the business, the company said. He will coordinate Kering’s efforts across its luxury and sport-lifestyle brands, which include Balenciaga, Stella McCartney, Boucheron, Puma and Volcom, a company spokesperson confirmed.

As VMail reported on Nov. 11, Vedovotto, who worked at Safilo from 2002-2006 and returned in 2009, cut ties with the company when he resigned his position on the group’s board of directors after stepping down as CEO on Oct. 14.

Prior to his first stint at Safilo, he worked at Morgan Stanley for 11 years in London and Milan. Between 2006 and 2009, he held positions at investment firms Lehman Brothers and Nomura before rejoining Safilo.