As chief of the Valentino Fashion Group, Stefano Sassi has overseen one of the luxury label’s most expansive international growth and development strategies, marked by several directly owned store openings in Brazil, Asia and the Middle East as well as a successful restructuring of ownership with Qatari investment firm Mayhoola.
Following the highly-publicised retirement of Valentino Garavani in 2007, Sassi oversaw the appointment of Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli as creative directors of Valentino following a short lived tenure by Alessandra Facchinetti. In 2012, the brand also launched its first menswear catwalk collection at Paris Fashion Week and in 2013 announced plans for its first dedicated menswear store to be designed by celebrated American architect David Chipperfield.
A former CEO at Marzotto S.P.A, an Italian textiles and apparel manufacturing company, Sassi first joined the Valentino group in 2006, where along with his appointment to VFG, he also served as head of Valentino that held majority stakes in Hugo Boss and Lebole and held licensing deals for M Missoni. In 2007 Sassi was also announced as chairman of Proenza Schouler following the group’s 45 percent investment in the New York based label.
An experienced executive, Sassi previously held senior positions at Bain & Company, a global management consulting firm, and Cerruti Group where he served as general manager.