Francesca Bellettini was appointed chief executive of Yves Saint Laurent in July 2013. She joined the famous Parisian house, replacing Paul Deneuve, at a crucial time in its development. Pinault, chairman of parent company Kering, has been open about his wish that the house reach $1 billion dollars in sales. Bellettini will play an integral role in achieving this goal, and is likely to embark upon a period of rehabilitation regarding the relations between the press and its creative designer, Hedi Slimane.
She joined Yves Saint Laurent from Bottega Veneta. Whilst at the Italian leather goods and ready-to-wear brand, also owned by Kering, Bellettini oversaw merchandising, visual display and communications and was instrumental in the brand’s repositioning and popularity in emerging markets.
Bellettini has extensive managerial experience in the fashion industry. Prior to Bottega Veneta, she was a merchandising director at Gucci, operations manager at Helmut Lang, and has also held various positions at Prada.
Bellettini holds a degree from Bocconi University in Milan and began her career as an investment banker in London, working for Goldman Sachs, Compass Partners and others.