Roberto Vedovotto is a member of the Kering executive committee and the president and chief executive of Kering Eyewear. Reporting directly to François-Henri Pinault, Vedovotto is responsible for the group’s eyewear platform that supports all of Kering’s luxury and sport and lifestyle brands, which launched in 2015.
In March 2017, the Kering and Richemont Groups announced a partnership agreement for the development of the Maison Cartier eyewear category. Moreover, as of October 2017, thanks to the addition of Altuzarra and Alaïa, Kering Eyewear today designs, develops and distributes a portfolio of 15 brands. From 2019, the Kering Eyewear Portfolio will be further enriched by the addition of the Balenciaga and Montblanc brands.
Prior to joining Kering in 2013, Roberto was twice chief executive of the publicly listed Italian eyewear company, Safilo Group. From 2002 to 2006, he led a restructuring of the organisation and the subsequent initial public offering (IPO). From 2009 to 2013, he grew the firm into a major, multinational enterprise.
Vedovotto has held senior management positions in the banking sector, where he worked for 15 years, in companies including Nomura, Lehman Brothers and Morgan Stanley in London and Milan. He holds a degree in Business Administration from Bocconi University in Milan, and a Masters in Finance from London Business School.