The incoming chief executive of Burberry is no stranger to the luxury fashion industry, after having spent more than two decades in various executive roles at a slew of fashion brands like Bottega Veneta, Givenchy and Céline, where together with creative director Phoebe Philo , he led the company into double-digit growth. Gobbetti joined Céline in 2008 as chief executive, and immediately got to work by revamping the brand’s entire product offering with the help of Philo. Parent company LVMH said the decision boosted the brand “overnight”.
With a degree in Business Administration from the American University in Washington and a Masters degree in International Management from the American Graduate School of International Management in Phoenix, Gobetti has built up an impressive resume in retail, specialising in the leather goods sector and luxury goods. From 1984 to 1989, he worked as sales director for the United States division of Bottega Veneta and later as marketing and sales director, before joining luxury leather specialist Valextra as managing director.
In 1993, Gobbetti moved to Moschino where he took on the role of chief executive officer. In 2004, he took on the role of chief executive officer and chairman at LVMH-owned Givenchy, where he worked closely with creative director Riccardo Tisci . After four years at the helm of Givenchy, Gobbetti made the move within the LVMH family and joined Céline as chief executive officer in 2008, where he worked turned the brand into a commercial success story, alongside creative director Phoebe Philo. At Céline, he enjoyed double-digit sales growth after revamping the brand's entire product offering and strengthening the brand's image.
In July 2016, it was announced that Gobbetti would become the chief executive officer of Burberry, succeeding Christopher Bailey in 2017, who will be demoted to president and chief creative officer.The appointment is a significant step up in scale for the executive, who has a knack for working alongside talented and perfectionist creatives including Phoebe Philo and Riccardo Tisci. He oversaw the rapid expansion of Céline to a business that market reports suggest generates $700 million in annual revenue.
In their new partnership, Gobbetti is set to oversee the commercial, financial and operational side of the business, while Bailey will focus on creative, design, marketing and communication. Both will manage strategy and the creation of their team, whilst reporting to Burberry chairman John Peace.