Gian Giacomo Ferraris

Gian Giacomo Ferraris is chief executive officer of Gianni Versace S.p.A. since July 2009.

Prior to this appointment, Mr. Ferraris was C.E.O. of the Jil Sander Group, taking up this position in 2004. His achievements at Jil Sander included: redefinition of the strategic brand positioning; group restructuring; taking the company from loss into profit; re-organization of product development, production and other operations, taking them in-house; management of ownership transfers — Prada Group, Change Capital Partners and Onward Group, and delisting from the German Stock Exchange.

From 1999 to 2004, Mr. Ferraris was managing director of the ready to wear division of Gucci Group with a long list of achievements across all the group’s brands: Gucci, YSL, Balenciaga, Stella McCartney, Alexander McQueen and Bottega Veneta.

Prior to the Gucci Group, he had his first position at Jil Sander in 1994, when he joined the group in Germany as C.O.O., launching the men’s collection in 1997.

Mr. Ferraris started his career as a high school teacher and then a process engineer at the Olivetti Group. He then joined Ermenegildo Zegna in 1987, moving to the global consulting firm, Kurt Salmon two years later.