Marco Bizzarri was appointed as Gucci’s president and chief executive in December 2014 — began his role in January 2015. In his new role as president and chief executive of Gucci, one of the very first strategic decisions Bizzarri made was the appointment of Gucci’s new creative director, Alessandro Michele . Under Bizzarri’s leadership, Michele’s new vision for Gucci has focused on establishing a more contemporary attitude of Gucci — with immediate critical success.
Tall, genial and highly respected throughout the industry as both a manager of talent and an astute business brain, Bizzarri has played an increasingly integral role at Kering over the past decade. The Italian executive first joined Kering in January 2005, when he was appointed president and chief executive of Stella McCartney . At the brand, Bizzarri presided over worldwide strategic development, expanding the label into a comprehensive lifestyle offering. In January 2009 he took on a new role as president and chief executive of Bottega Veneta. During Bizzarri’s tenure, Bottega Veneta’s revenues grew from €400 million in 2008 to Euro €1.13 billion in 2014.
Bizzarri became a Member of the executive committee of Kering in 2012, and in the following year he was selected to be a non-voting director of the Kering Board of Directors before being appoint Kering’s chief executive of Luxury – Couture & Leather Goods division in April 2014. "In a pivotal new role for Kering, Marco Bizzarri will start to influence and shape the brands for years to come," said Jonathan Akeroyd , chief executive of the Kering-owned Alexander McQueen, at the time.
As chief executive of Luxury – Couture & Leather Goods, the chief executives of Bottega Veneta, Saint Laurent , Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Brioni, Christopher Kane , Stella McCartney, Tomas Maier and Sergio Rossi all reported in to Bizzarri. With Marco Bizzarri and Alessandro Michele now at the helm, Gucci is entering a new chapter in its illustrious history, that will provide the necessary conditions for its ongoing growth and success.
Previously Bizzarri worked at Marithé & François Girbaud in Paris, where he was general manager, having joined from the same role at the Mandarina Duck Group. Bizzarri started his career as a consultant at Accenture.