Missoni hires former Giorgio Armani exec; Catch appoints ex-Amazon VP

Missoni hires former Giorgio Armani exec as first CEO

Luxury Italian design powerhouse Missoni has just brought on board former Georgio Armani managing director Livio Proli (pictured) as CEO. According to a report from Fashion United UK, Prioli will be Missoni’s first CEO.

“I am sure that Livio Proli, with his talent and wealth of experience, will be able to enhance Missoni’s potential and steer its team with the right leadership, ensuring the necessary evolution in the present challenging context,” stated Angela Missoni.

“I look forward to starting our collaboration and to facing up together to our future ambitious projects.”

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Maurizio Tamagnini, CEO of Fondo Strategico Italiano said: “I am particularly satisfied with the arrival of Livio Proli at the head of Missoni. His great experience in the Made in Italy luxury will be crucial to the development of an iconic fashion brand like Missoni. FSI believes that in the post-pandemic recovery Missoni will be able to express its uniqueness at its best, and Livio Proli will be the engine of its expansion.”

Former Amazon exec ‘catches’ new MD role

Wesfarmers’ department store arm, Kmart Group, has appointed former Amazon VP Pete Sauerborn as the new managing director of Catch.

Sauerborn began his new role this week.

“I am excited to begin my next adventure working with a great team at catch.com.au. This is a big move from Seattle to Melbourne and a new company. It is also a bit unusual starting a new role with social distancing as we are missing out on many face-to-face interactions that would allow us to get to know one another more quickly,” Sauerborn said on LinkedIn.

“I really appreciate how adaptable, welcoming and supportive everyone has been through this process and can’t wait to get started!”

Prior to his new role, Sauerborn was general manager at Amazon Marketplace, where he worked for almost 10 years. He brings more than two decades of experience working in technology and retail businesses, including Amazon and Teleflora, to Catch, the e-commerce business Wesfarmers acquired in August 2019 for $230 million.

“We are really thrilled to have someone as experienced and qualified in e-commerce and online shopping as Pete Sauerborn to lead Catch through its next exciting phase of growth,” said Ian Bailey, Kmart Group’s managing director.

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