Category Archive: 2014

Iolanda Tursi

Iolanda Tursi is general counsel of Kurt Geiger Limited, the leading luxury shoe retailer in Europe with ongoing expansion internationally. She joined the business in 2009, which was acquired by NYSE-listed Jones Apparel Group in 2011. Previously, Iolanda was senior counsel at FTSE-100 Burberry Group P.L.C. and her responsibilities included international franchising and licensing matters. From 2000 to 2006, she was associate general counsel of Gucci Group N.V. (AEX- and NYSE-listed) during a dynamic phase in Gucci Group’s growth to a multibranded success phenomenon and she held directorships of various Gucci Group companies including the Alexander McQueen group of companies. Additionally, she was general counsel for the Alexander McQueen and Stella McCartney brands. She was admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales in 1994.

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Achilles Tsaltas

Holding a Bachelor of Economics degree from the University of Sydney and a Master of Arts (Sociology) degree from the University of NSW, Achilles Tsaltas joined the advertising department of The Australian newspaper in Sydney in 1989. During his tenure he launched the business magazine Business Asia and he re-launched the newspaper’s magazine, The Australian Magazine, managing the advertising and commercial side of the operation.

In 1999, Achilles moved to Hong Kong as the Executive Director (Business Development)-Asia/Pacific for the International Herald Tribune. A year later he was promoted to the role of Deputy Managing Director successfully launching four publishing partnerships for the IHT.

In 2004 he moved to Paris as the Worldwide Circulation Director becoming a member of the IHT’s Senior Management Team. Two years later he became Vice President, Circulation & Development, and a member of the Executive Committee. In 2012 he was promoted to the role of Senior Vice President in charge of Conferences, Innovation, Development and Partnerships.

With IHT’s rebranding to International New York Times, Achilles was appointed Vice President of The New York Times’ International Conferences, primarily overseeing sponsorship and business development, harnessing the full power of The NYT’s and INYT’s operations and platforms.

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Johannes Torpe

Danish designer Johannes Torpe is an accomplished creator of holistically designed spaces. His creative vision is to challenge the nature of user-experience within a space by breaking traditional boundaries and taking necessary risks. Johannes Torpe is driven by his ambition to inspire. His high-octane energy and eclectic personality open the doors to new perspectives, resulting in an evolution of enduring spatial experiences that are realized through layers of multifaceted design.

As a man who has gone from entertaining large audiences on the stage as a musician, to designing enduring interior spaces, it was very fitting when Johannes Torpe was chosen as luxury electronic brand Bang & Olufsen’s first- ever creative director.

The role facilitates the fusion of his knowledge in sound and design. He has the opportunity to explore the essence of beautiful sound in creating magical consumer experiences. Torpe has a lifelong passion for this 88-year-old brand so it’s a title that he wears proudly.

Torpe brings a breath of fresh air, with new dimensions and perspectives that strip Bang & Olufsen down to its essence and core philosophy.
The aim is to build upon the brand’s values to enhance its overall perception and reposition B&O as a company that prides itself upon forward thinking and innovation.

While remaining knee-deep in his role at Bang & Olufsen, Torpe maintains loyalty to his personal design studio Johannes Torpe Studios. The studio has been operating for the last 16 years across a variety of design disciplines including architecture, furniture design, interior design, product design and branding. Headquartered in Copenhagen, the studio is an inspiring creative hub.

Johannes Torpe’s time is generally split 50/50 between Bang & Olufsen and his personal design work, but with the studio’s expansion in recent years to China and Italy, a lot of his time is spent traveling internationally between the studios to maintain a consistent connection and relationship to the people working in each studio.

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David Sadigh

David has advised over 100 multinational companies on business-building strategies over the last 10 years on projects ranging from digital strategy, e-commerce, online advertising, business intelligence, C.R.M. and social media across Europe, the U.S. and China.

Convinced that luxury brands required a completely different approach to digital marketing than consumer goods brands, David created Digital Luxury Group in 2011 to better serve the luxury industry in the realm of strategy, business intelligence and digital communications.

With offices in New York, Geneva and Shanghai, Digital Luxury Group’s clients include major luxury conglomerates (LVMH, Richemont, PPR, Swatch Group, Coty) and independent luxury brands and financial institutions alike.

As a globally recognized expert, international media outlets such as Bloomberg, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal often look to David and his team for their viewpoints. An experienced guest speaker and lecturer, David has spoken at major industry and academic events around the world.

David can be found online on LinkedIn and Twitter, and just about every other major social platform.

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