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Gucci names Greater China fashion division head


Italian luxury fashion house Gucci announced this week the appointment of Laurent Cathala as President of its Greater China fashion business, a new role introduced by the Kering-owned brand as it strengthens its China operations and homes in on fashion.

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Based in Shanghai, Cathala will commence his new role in June and will report directly to Marco Bizzarri, Gucci’s President and Chief Executive Officer, along with the whole Greater China leadership team.

A luxury veteran, Cathala joins Gucci from Tiffany and Co., where he served as President Greater China and President of the North Asia Region, positions he has held for the past seven years. He started with the New York jeweller as Vice President Emerging Markets in Dubai.

Before Tiffany’s, Cathala cut his teeth in the Moulinex Group and then moved to LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, where he held various roles including Europe Export Director and Brand General manager, Parfums Givenchy Russia, General manager LVMH Ukraine and CIS and General Manager Guerlain Middle East.

Additionally, Cathala has also served as Brand General Manager at MAC Cosmetics in the Middle East and India. 

Gucci also announced a repositioning of its watches and jewellery business, which will be managed globally from Gucci’s Milan corporate headquarters. As a result, Lilian Chen, Managing Director, Watches and Jewellery in Greater China, will report directly to Maurizio Pisanu, Global Managing Director Watches and Jewellery and Global Director, High End, Lifestyle and Decor.

The appointment news comes just days after Gucci announced Maria Cristina Lomanto would join Gucci as Executive Vice President, Brand General Manager — also a new role for the Italian luxury company.

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Lomanto will be supported by Phillip Prado, who has been promoted to the role of Global Chief Merchandising Officer Accessories, while Davide Tosi was appointed Global Chief Merchandising Officer Ready-to-wear, also reporting to Lomanto.