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Born in Como on 27 August 1961, Remo Ruffini was educated in Italy and the United States where, before completing his studies, he began his professional experience alongside his father Gianfranco. After returning to Italy, in 1984 Remo Ruffini started New England. Initially a men’s shirt maker it then became a “total look” sportswear brand, supported by continual growth in sales and expanding distribution in the European, USA and Japanese markets. In 1993 Ruffini founded Ingrose, a very successful women’s collection. In 2003 he acquired the Moncler brand, becoming a member, Chairman and CEO of Moncler S.p.A. Thanks to his remarkable strategic vision, over the next ten years he developed the “global down jacket” project, completing numerous initiatives and becoming an internationally recognised key player in the industry.
Virginie Morgon – Born in Tassin-la-Demi-Lune, France on November 26, 1969, Virginie Morgon took her degree in 1990 in Economics and Finance at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Paris and later earned a Masters in Economics and Management at the Bocconi University in Milan. After working as an investment banker in New York and London since 1991, Virginie became the youngest managing senior partner at Lazard Frères et Cie in Paris early 2001. She was promoted Head of the European Food, Retail and Consumer goods sector in 2006. During 16 years at Lazard, she advised numerous French and international groups such as Air Liquide, Danone, France Telecom Publicis, Renault, Kingfisher/Castorama and Kesa/Darty. Consequently, she has developed an extensive network in Europe as well as international expertise in financial matters. Virginie Morgon has been a member of Eurazeo’s Executive Board since January 2008. At the end of 2012, during the reorganization of Eurazeo in four divisions, Virginie became Chief Investment Officer. Then in 2014, Virginie became Deputy CEO. As such, she supervises Eurazeo’s investments and heads Eurazeo Capital. She chairs the Eurazeo PME and Asmodee Supervisory Boards and is a director of Moncler and Desigual. She oversees deal flow, communications, NAV and fundraising in particular. In July 2016, she runs Eurazeo North America, an office in New York. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of L’Oreal and a member of the Supervisory Board of Vivendi.
Born in Gatteo (Forli-Cesena) on 8 April 1961, he trained as an industrial designer and in 1983 founded Technogym S.p.A., a leading fitness, wellness and athletic training company in more than 100 countries with 14 branches and 85 distributors. The company was an official supplier for the last 5 Olympic Games and has also been selected for the Rio 2016 Olympics. After 20 years of experience in the fitness and wellness industry, in 2002 Mr Alessandri created the Wellness Foundation, a non-profit organisation for the promotion of wellness as a social opportunity for governments, businesses and citizens. He serves as a member of the Board of Directors for Enervit S.p.A. and for Moncler S.p.A., while in March 2004 he joined the Executive Board of Confindustria. He was also named Sole Administrator for Nextrend S.r.l., DUKE Investment S.r.l. and Oiren S.r.l. Today he is the Chairman of the Board of the companies Axon S.r.l. and Wellness Holding S.r.l., and of the non-profit Wellness Foundation and Emittente. In 2001 he was named a Cavaliere del Lavoro (the Italian Order of Merit for Labour) and in 2003 was awarded Entrepreneur of the Year. In 2004 he received the Premio Leonardo Qualità Italia (Leonardo Italian Quality Prize) and, in the same year, the Department of Motor Science at the University of Urbino awarded him an honorary degree. Another honorary degree was received from the University of Bologna’s School of Engineering in Biomedical Engineering. In November 2007 the Chamber of Commerce of the United States awarded Mr Alessandri “Entrepreneur of the Year” in the economy category. Finally, in February 2014 he received an honorary master’s in Business Administration from the CUOA Foundation.
Born in Milan on 29 April 1962, Sergio Buongiovanni graduated in Economics and Business from Bocconi University. He began his professional career at KPMG S.p.A. as an auditor. After three years of experience at Pa.Fin in the role of Venture Capital Activities Supervisor, from 1996 to 2008 he was CEO of Marina Yachting S.p.A. and Best Company S.r.l. Since 1998, Sergio Buongiovanni has collaborated with Industries S.p.A., initially as Director of Operations and then as CFO and Director from 2000 to 2004. From 2004 to October 2013, he was CEO of Industries S.p.A., in charge for the company’s administration, finance and auditing, IT, personnel and logistics. Currently, Mr Buongiovanni is an Executive Director of Moncler S.p.A. and a Director at Industries S.p.A.
Born in Turin 9 September 1962, Marco De Benedetti earned a degree in History and Economics in 1984 from Wesleyan University and a masters in Business Administration in 1987 from the Wharton Business School. From July 1999 to July 2005 he filled the role of CEO of TIM S.p.A. and from July 2005 to October 2005 he was CEO of Telecom Italia S.p.A. Since November 2005, Mr De Benedetti has been Managing Director of the Carlyle Group and Co-President, Europe of Carlyle. He also sits on the Board of Directors of Cofide S.p.A., CIR S.p.A., Moncler S.p.A., NBTY, Inc., Marelli Motori S.p.A., Twin-Set Simona Barbieri S.r.l. (where he is also Chair), Comdata S.p.A., CEP Advisors S.r.l., Marco de Benedetti Consulting S.r.l. (where he is also Chair), Fratelli De Benedetti S.p.A. (where he is also Chair) and Save the Children Italy.
Born in Rome on 11 January 1947, Gabriele Galateri di Genola received a master’s degree in Business Administration from Columbia University Business School. He began his professional career in 1971 in the Central Management Department of the Banco di Roma, then as Head of Financial Analysis and later managing the International Loans Office. In 1974 he joined Gruppo Saint Gobain first in Italy as Finance Director, then in Paris where he remained until 1976. In 1977 he joined FIAT S.p.A where he was charged with positions of increasing responsibility: from Manager for North-Central-South America of the Foreign Finance Department, to Foreign Finance Director, and finally Finance Director. In 1986 he was appointed CEO of Ifil S.p.A., and in 1993 he assumed the position of CEO and General Manager of IFI, a role which he would retain until 2002. In June 2002 he was appointed CEO of FIAT S.p.A. From April 2003 to June 2007 he was Chairman of the Board of Directors of Mediobanca S.p.A., and from 3 December 2007 to 12 April 2011 he was Chairman of Telecom Italia S.p.A. Since 8 April 2011, he has been Chairman of Assicurazioni Generali S.p.A. He is a non-executive member of the Board of Directors of Moncler S.p.A., Lavazza S.p.A., Fondazione Giorgio Cini Onlus, and Edenred S.A.. He is on the Board of the Fondazione San Carlo. He is also President of the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (Italian Institute of Technology), President of the Committee for Corporate Governance of the Borsa Italiana (Italian Stock Exchange), member of the International Board of Overseers for the Columbia Business School and member of the European Advisory Board of Temasek. He was named a Cavaliere del Lavoro (the Italian Order of Merit for Labour) on 31 May 1999 and has been recognised by the Legion of Honour.
Born in Arezzo 18 October 1968, Diva Moriani graduated with a degree in Economics and Business from the University of Florence. Since 2007, she has been Executive Vice President of Intek S.p.A., a publicly traded holding company controlling industrial and diversified financial investments with a gross turnover of more than 2.7 billion euros and more than 6,700 employees. Since 2004, she has been a member of the Board of Directors of Fondazione Dynamo and Associazione Dynamo, the first recreational therapy camp in Italy for children with illnesses. From 2007 to 2012 she was CEO of I2Capital Partners fund, a private equity fund subscribed by Intek S.p.A. and focused on special situations. Since 2009, she has been a member of the supervisory board of KME Germany GmbH, the German operations company for the KME Group. Since 2010, Ms Moriani has been a member of the Board of Directors of the listed company Ergycapital S.p.A., which is active in the renewable energy and energy conservation sectors. Since 2012, she has been an executive member of the Vorstand (Board) of KME AG with responsibility for M&A/strategic international agreements related to strategic development and the rationalisation of portfolio assets. Since May 2014, she has been a member of the Board of Directors of ENI S.p.A. and a member of the Appointments and Compensation Committee. Since September 2014, she has been CEO of KME AG, German holding company and key international player in the semi-finished copper industry with 2.5 billion euros in sales and more than 6,000 employees in 13 sites located throughout Europe, China and the USA. Since December 2014, she has been a member of the Board of Directors of MONCLER S.p.A., as well as Chair of the Appointments and Compensation Committee and a member of the Related Parties Committee. Since March 2016, she has been a member of the Board of Directors, the Compensation Committee and the Related Parties Committee of ASSICURAZIONI GENERALI.
Born in Mexico, with Argentine and Canadian roots, Stephanie Phair earned a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University. Stephanie’s career began in New York, where she held various roles in the fashion and ecommerce industries, starting with PR and communications at Siren PR and brand marketing at Issey Miyake. She was hired at American Vogue magazine under Anna Wintour to focus on communications where she had an active role in the creation and launch of the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, and the annual Met Costume Institute Gala. In 2005 she joined Portero.com, the first online pre-owned marketplace site for luxury goods where she led business development, product and commerce. From 2009 until Nov 2015, she was President of THE OUTNET.COM, the second business of the NET-A-PORTER Group which she founded and launched in 2009 and sat on the Executive Committee of the NET-A-PORTER Group. Currently, Stephanie Phair is Chief Strategy Officer at Farfetch responsible for strategy, innovation and Corporate Development, is an advisor to Felix Capital and consultant to various digital start-ups.
Guido Pianaroli was awarded a degree in 1979 in Economics and Business from Bocconi University of Milan, later specialising in Marketing Management in 1982 at the SDA Bocconi. He began his professional career in 1980 with Unilever as an Assistant Product Manager, moving in 1982 to Bayer S.p.A. with the position of Project Leader. From 1985 to 1990 he was Marketing Manager, Director of Marketing and then Business Unit Manager with Seagram Italy. In 1990 he transferred to Estée Lauder where he was General Manager; in 1997 Mr Pianaroli was selected as CEO of Guerlain S.p.A., a position he held until 2002. Later, from 2002 to 2015, he filled the role of CEO and General Manager for Gruppo Ferrari – F.lli Lunelli.
Born in Venice in 1956, Luciano Santel graduated in Economics and Business from Ca’ Foscari University of Venice and then received training with top international auditing companies like Reconta, Ernst & Young and Arthur Andersen. He later worked as Finance Director for IVG and then for Rossignol Group. In 1996 Mr Santel became Chief Operating Officer for Retail Brand Alliance (formerly Casual Corner Group Inc.) where he remained until 1999, when he joined Luxottica as Vice President of the Group’s International Development Department. In 2001 he joined Geox S.p.A. as Chief Corporate Officer, remaining until 2009 when he moved to Stefanel S.p.A. to take on the role of CEO. Since September 2013, Mr. Santel has been Chief Corporate Officer of Moncler S.p.A. and CEO of Industries S.p.A.. Since April 24, 2015, he has also been appointed as Independent member of the Board of Directors and of the Control and Risk Committee of Luxottica Group S.p.A.
Juan Carlos Torres Carretero earned a master’s degree in physics from Universidad Complutense de Madrid, where he specialized in geophysics. After working for several years in the petroleum industry, he found himself drawn increasingly to management, and in 1979 he obtained an S.M. in Management from the MIT Sloan School. He worked for five years as a consultant with McKinsey & Co. and was subsequently president and chief executive officer of Seapharm Inc. and founder of Pharmamar, which explored marine organics pharmaceutical agents. In 1988 he joined the private equity firm Advent International, working for four years in the Boston office and 3 years in the Madrid office. In 1995, he moved to Mexico City as Managing Partner and Co-CEO of Advent Latin American Private Equity Fund, where he raised 5 funds for a total of c. US$ 4 billion and acquired controlling interests in over 30 companies. Juan Carlos has served on the boards of many private and public companies and is currently board member of Dufry AG (Executive Chairman since 2004), and InverCap Holdings. He is a member of the Latin American Executive Board of MIT Sloan School of Management, member of the Visiting Committee of the Physics Committee of MIT, and has generously supported operations costs of the MIT-NASA joint program for exploration of exoplanets (TESS).