As chief executive officer of Ermenegildo Zegna, Gildo Zegna oversees the vertically integrated Italian group’s interests in its ready-to-wear, casual and sportswear lines as well as its textile production division.
Having held the position of co-chief executive since 1998, Zegna was appointed sole chief executive in 2006, and has since directed one of the group’s most extensive growth stages, driven by continuous international expansion in countries within the Middle East, Australia, Brazil and Africa. At the end of 2012 the group was operating over 500 international stores – 300 operated in-house – and reported year end revenues of €1.2 billion marking it as one of the largest luxury menswear brands within the fashion industry. In 2012, Mr Zegna appointed Stefano Pilati as creative director of the men’s ready to wear and couture lines and womenswear range Agnona.
Zegna obtained a bachelor’s degree in economics from London University. In the late '70s, prior to joining the family group, the young executive secured a position as an assistant buyer in the sportswear division of Bloomingdales under the tutelage of retail legend Marvin Traub. On joining the Zegna group in the early '80s, Mr Zegna was immediately involved in the company’s expansion in America and Europe, through concessions in stores such as Harrods and Neimen Marcus and in 1991 oversaw the opening of the brand’s first Chinese store in a small boutique hotel in Beijing.
An avid philanthropist, Zegna has been heavily involved in the group’s international support programmes. In March 2012, he launched ZegnArt, an independent committee focused on international collaboration in the field of visual arts, starting with a unique collaboration with the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum in Delhi, India.