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Tom Ford Fashion names Lelio Gavazza new CEO

Zegna Group announced the appointment of Lelio Gavazza to the newly created role of chief executive officer at Tom Ford Fashion, effective September 18.

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Gavazza will report directly to Ermenegildo “Gildo” Zegna, chairman and CEO of Zegna Group, and he will be part of the senior management of the group.

In his new role, Gavazza will be responsible for the “end-to-end” of the Tom Ford fashion business, from collection development to merchandising, as well as production, retail and wholesale distribution.

Gavazza boasts twenty years of experience in global luxury. Most recently, he worked for LVMH Group, where he served as executive vice president, sales and retail at Bulgari. During his time at Bulgari, and prior to his most recent role, Gavazza held a series of key regional leadership roles, including managing director of Greater China, and managing director, Europe, Middle East, and Africa.

“Lelio’s track record of strong global leadership brings outstanding luxury expertise to Tom Ford fashion across retail management, wholesale distribution, marketing, digital and key markets, including China,” said Zegna.

“I have personally known and appreciated Lelio for many years, and I’m confident that his world-class business acumen, deep international experience, and leadership skills will prove invaluable in the development of the Tom Ford fashion business globally.”

As Tom Ford Fashion CEO, Gavazza will also work closely with Guillaume Jesel, president and CEO, Tom Ford, who was appointed in the top spot in May, after Tom Ford was acquired by U.S. cosmetics giant, Estée Lauder Companies. As part of the deal, it was decided that Zegna Group would hold the license for Tom Ford fashion and accessories, while Marcolin Group would continue to hold the license for Tom Ford eyewear.

“The Estée Lauder Companies and Tom Ford have had an exceptional and longstanding relationship with Gildo Zegna and the Zegna Group,” said Guillaume Jesel.

“We look forward to working closely with Gildo, Lelio, and their teams to take Tom Ford fashion to its next level in global luxury.”