Category Archive: 2015

Mimma Viglezio

Mimma Viglezio is a writer and creative consultant. Viglezio started her career as Marketing Manager for Swiss Auction Houses in Geneva. In 1992 Viglezio was hired by the renowned public relations firm Hill & Knowlton Italy and became head of their High Profile Goods Division where she was advising clients such as Bulgari and Celine. After 4 years working primarily for Bulgari, the jewellers offered Mimma the position of External Relations Director WW and later promoted to Corporate Communications Executive Director, where she oversaw global communications matters for the brand.
After 9 years Viglezio moved to Paris as Communications Director at Louis Vuitton and after only one year in the position was offered a job by PPR for its luxury division, the Gucci Group. Based in London she coordinated and controlled the activity of 8 brands and was responsible of the Group’s Corporate Communications, media buying, market intelligence, CSR and corporate image

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Simon de Pury

Simon de Pury is one of the leading figures in the art market. He is renowned for his legendary performance on the auction podium and for his deep and longstanding knowledge of the global marketplace. From 2000 to 2012 he was Chairman and Chief Auctioneer of Phillips de Pury & Company. Earlier in his career he was Chairman Europe and Chief Auctioneer Worldwide at Sotheby’s. He was also curator of the Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection that today is housed in its own museum in Madrid. Simon has been instrumental in championing the careers of many contemporary artists, photographers and designers. He has auctioned and secured a substantial number of the most legendary art collections for auctions and private treaty. At the beginning of 2013 Simon founded, together with his wife Michaela, de Pury de Pury, a company specialising in conceiving and curating exhibitions, discovering emerging artists, building collections, advising established collectors and institutions together with facilitating private transactions of Impressionist, Modern, Post War and Contemporary Art. In 2010, he was the subject of an hourlong documentary on the BBC, titled ‘The Man with the Golden Gavel’. In 2010 and 2011 he was mentor in Bravo’s reality TV show ‘Work of Art: The Next Great Artist’. He is an active charity auctioneer, and over the years has raised hundreds of millions of dollars for a number of charities and cultural institutions.

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Kevin Mutch

Kevin Mutch, Group Legal Director, Fabergé. Kevin is the Legal Director for this resurrected iconic luxury brand which traces its roots through a dramatic history to 1842. Originally a trademark specialist, Kevin has branched into other areas of commercial and corporate law. He formerly ran his own IP consulting business and was Head of IP and Acting Head of Legal at the former RHM where he managed the protection of well-known British food brands such as Hovis, Mr Kipling, Bisto and Sharwoods. He has worked for City firms FieldFisher and Clifford Chance. He was the first employee of the new Fabergé business and has seen it evolve from the portfolio of trademarks acquired from Unilever by a private equity company in 2007, to a credible player in the international luxury goods industry, now vertically integrated with its parent, Gemfields plc, a coloured gemstone mining company. Kevin enjoys the challenge of providing a solid legal platform for the re-launch of an iconic brand such as Fabergé and being close to the heart of the business. In his spare time, he writes short stories and tears around London on his Harley Davidson.

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Ed Perkins

Ed Perkins is a Senior Adviser at Portland, joining from his role as Communications Secretary to The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry.
He led communications on the birth of Prince George – memorably carrying the official announcement of the Prince’s birth by hand to be displayed on the gates of Buckingham Palace, under the eyes of the world’s media – as well as the Cambridges’ hugely successful tour of Australia and New Zealand this year, and most recently Prince Harry’s Invictus Games in London.
Prior to his role with The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, he was Assistant Press Secretary to The Queen in 2007, and also served as Press Secretary to The Duke of York. He went on to become Deputy Press Secretary to The Queen and Head of News at Buckingham Palace for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee year, led on many events including the Queen’s Jubilee Concert. He also led communications for the Queen’s historic State Visit to Ireland in 2011. Ed began his career as a journalist, spending eight years in television news at the BBC 6 o’clock News, and the ITV Evening News.
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Philip Davies

In his current role, Philip Davies’ focus is to solve client’s complex brand challenges through simple, unexpectedly fresh strategies, stories and experiences. Philip’s broad international experience spans journalism and advertising as well as brand consulting, where he has gained a reputation for leading teams in creating simple, pervasive ideas that allow brands to perform and compete. Over his career, he has also helped advance the brands of Barclays, Fabergé, British Airways, McKinsey, Rio Tinto, HP, Swire Group, Kruger Brent, Hardy Amies, Diageo and many others. Siegel+Gale is a global strategy, design and brand experience company.

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Jason Rawkins

Jason is the Head of our Fashion & Luxury group. He advises some of the most distinguished brands in the world on their IP, trade mark and design rights.

Jason advises on both contentious and non-contentious IP issues related to brands, designs, and domain names. Clients describe him as a personable and engaging adviser with keen insights into conflicts and portfolio management.

A major focus of Jason’s practice involves proactively advising clients in relation to the acquisition, maintenance and exploitation of IP rights, including trade mark portfolio management and related clearances, oppositions and co-existence negotiations, as well as commercial dealings such as assignments and licensing.

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