Gianni Versace S.p.A. announced today that Jonathan Akeroyd has been appointed Chief Executive Officer.
He joins the iconic Italian fashion firm from Alexander McQueen where he served as CEO from 2004 until May 2016.
While at Alexander McQueen, Jonathan successfully oversaw the growth and the international expansion of the brand, working with the creative and leadership teams during one of the Company’s most robust periods.
He succeeds Gian Giacomo Ferraris, who joined Versace in 2009 and led the Company during an important period of strong growth.
“We are delighted to welcome Jonathan Akeroyd as our new CEO,” said Donatella Versace, Vice President and Artistic Director. “Jonathan brings a proven track record in building global brands, steering growth and driving strategic development. Jonathan Akeroyd’s industry expertise and vision will be key to advancing the next phase of Versace’s development.”
“We are proud of our ability to attract visionary leaders,” said Donatella Versace. “Mr. Ferraris has done a superb job of securing Versace’s status as one of the world’s leading luxury brands. We thank him for his efforts and wish him all the best for the future.”
“It is an honor to be joining such a dynamic and innovative organization. Versace is an iconic lifestyle brand recognized globally as a premier name in luxury. I look forward to implementing a long-term business strategy that supports the visionary and creative direction of Donatella Versace and her team. This is an exciting opportunity to take Versace to even greater success,” said Jonathan Akeroyd.
Image over the headline.- Jonathan Al+keroyd (CEO Giani Versace). Photo: Business Wire