Board of Directors
Our Board consists of nine Directors, of whom four are executive Directors, two are non-executive Directors and three are independent non-executive Directors.
The ordinary shareholders’ meeting of 22 May 2012 resolved to appoint the Board of Directors for a term of three financial years. The board’s mandate will therefore expire with the shareholder’s meeting to be convened for the approval of the financial statements for the year ending 31 January 2015.
The table below shows the current members of the Boards of Directors:
PRADA BIANCHI, MiucciaChairperson and Executive Director
PRADA BIANCHI, Miuccia, is our Chairperson and Executive Director and was appointed to the Board on November 20, 2003. Ms. Prada received an Honorary Doctorate from the Royal College of Art (London) in 2000. Ms. Prada is a co-founder of our Group along with Mr. Bertelli. Ms. Prada is also the wife of Mr. Patrizio Bertelli, our Chief Executive Officer. Ms. Prada is not and has not been a director of any other listed companies in Hong Kong or overseas in the past three years.
BERTELLI, PatrizioChief Executive Officer and Executive Director
BERTELLI, Patrizio, is our Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director. He was appointed to the Board on November 20, 2003. Mr. Bertelli received an honorary degree in Business Economics from the University of Florence in October, 2000. Mr. Bertelli is a co-founder of our Group along with Ms. Prada. Mr. Bertelli is also the husband of Ms. Prada, our President. Mr. Bertelli is not and has not been a director of any other listed companies in Hong Kong or overseas in the past three years.
MAZZI, CarloDeputy Chairman and Executive Director
MAZZI, Carlo, was appointed as our Deputy Chairman and Executive Director on November 9, 2004. Mr. Mazzi obtained a degree “cum laude” (with praise) in Mechanical Engineering from the Bologna University of Italy in 1971 and obtained a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Bocconi University of Milan in 1976. Mr. Mazzi worked as a Manager of the Large Corporate department of IMI and San Paolo IMI Bank from 1994 to 2000. He was a board member of IBI International Business Advisors Investment N.V. — Amsterdam; Vice Chairman and Executive Committee Member of IBI Bank AG — Zurich; Board Member of IBI Corporate Finance B.V. — Amsterdam; Managing Director of IBI S.p.A. — Milan (financial intermediation ex art. 106 TUB) from 2000 to 2004. He is currently a board member of SECVA S.r.l. — Arezzo (a service company) and ASTRIM S.p.A. — Rome (a service company). He was previously a board member of ABN AMRO S.p.A. — Milan (focused on merchant banking), SAGO S.p.A. — Florence (an IT research company responsible for the management of health facilities), IMILEASE S.p.A. — Rome (a leasing company), Banca di Intermediazione Mobiliare IMI S.p.A. — Milan (now Banca IMI S.p.A.) (focused on investment banking), Tecnofarmaci S.p.A. — Pomezia (a research company in the pharmaceuticals industry), SIM S.p.A. — Rome (focused on project management) and Paros International Insurance Brokers S.r.l. — Milan (in the insurance brokerage sector). Mr. Mazzi is not and has not been a director of any other listed companies in Hong Kong or overseas in the past three years.
GALLI, DonatelloChief Financial Officer and Executive Director
GALLI, Donatello, is our Group’s Chief Financial Officer and Executive Director and was appointed to our Board on January 21, 2005. Mr. Galli received a degree “cum laude” (with praise) in Economics and Banking from the University of Siena in Italy in July, 1986. He started his career as business controller at Faricerca S.p.A. (now the Angelini Group) (pharmaceutical laboratories and Lines consumer products business), from 1987 to 1990. Mr. Galli was a financial analyst at Istituto Mobiliare Italiano S.p.A. from 1990 to 1999 and then Head of the Large Corporate Division central assessment office of San Paolo IMI S.p.A. until 2000. He was also the Administration and Finance Director of IBI S.p.A. (now Alerion Clean Power S.p.A., a renewable energy company) from 2000 to 2004 and later joined Enertad S.p.A. (now ERG Renewable S.p.A., a renewable energies company) — both are listed companies on the Italian Stock Exchange. Mr. Galli is not and has not been a director of any other listed companies in Hong Kong or overseas in the past three years.
SALOMONI, MarcoNon-executive Director
SALOMONI, Marco, is our Non-executive Director and joined our Group in January 1997 and was appointed as Director on May 15, 1997. Mr. Salomoni obtained a degree in economics at the Bocconi University (Milan) in 1980. He has served on the board of directors of Gianni Versace S.p.A. from June 2005 to May 2011 and of GIVI Holding S.p.A. (holding company of the Gianni Versace S.p.A.) from April 2008 until present. Mr. Salomoni is currently a director of Aeffe S.p.A., a company listed on the Italian Stock Exchange. Mr. Salomoni also served on the board of directors of Il Sole 24 Ore S.p.A., the listed operator of an Italian business newspaper, from October 2007 to December 2009. Mr. Salomoni became a dottore commercialista (certified public accountant) in 1984 and was admitted as a member of Albo dei Dottori Commercialisti di Milano (Register of chartered accountants in Milan) in 1984. He became a Public Chartered Accountant (member of the Registro dei Revisori Contabili) at the Italian Ministry of Justice in 1992. Mr. Salomoni is currently a member of the Remuneration Committee. Save as disclosed herein, Mr. Salomoni is not and has not been a director of any other listed companies in Hong Kong or overseas in the past three years.
MICCICHE', GaetanoNon-executive Director
MICCICHÈ, Gaetano, is our Non-executive Director, and was appointed on May 9, 2011. Mr. Micciche` obtained a degree in Law from Universita` degli Studi di Palermo (Italy) in 1984 and a master’s degree in Business Administration from SDA Bocconi University (Italy) in 1985. Mr. Micciche` began his career in Cassa Centrale di Risparmio delle Provincie Siciliane in 1971 and became Head of Corporate Clients. In 1989 he joined Rodriquez S.p.A., the luxury yachting group, as Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Micciche` also worked as General Manager of Gerolimich-Unione Manifatture (holding company with business in various industries), as General Manager of Santa Valeria S.p.A. (chemical company) and as Managing Director and General Manager of Olcese S.p.A. (yarn and thread mill company), all of which were listed on the Italian Stock Exchange. Since June 2002, he has been with the Intesa Sanpaolo Group (formerly Banca Intesa) and currently serves as the General Manager and Head of Corporate and Investment Banking Division and Chief Executive Officer of Banca IMI. Mr Micciche` is also a board member of Telecom Italia S.p.A., a major Italian telecom group whose shares are listed on the Italian Stock Exchange, a board member of ABI Associazione Bancaria Italiana, Alitalia — CAI S.p.A. and a member of the Supervisory Board of Fondazione Ricerca e Imprenditorialità (Foundation of Research and Entrepreneurship). Save as disclosed herein, Mr. Micciche` is not and has not been a director of any other listed companies in Hong Kong or overseas in the past three years.
MATTEI, Gian Franco OlivieroIndependent Non-executive Director
MATTEI, Gian Franco Oliviero, was appointed as an independent Non-executive Director on May 28, 2009. Mr. Mattei obtained a Degree in Economics from the University La Sapienza of Rome in 1970 and became a Public Chartered Accountant (member of the Registro dei Revisori Contabili) with the Italian Ministry of Justice in 1995. He has worked as Managing Director (Investment Banking) in Credit Suisse, Managing Director (Global Banking & Markets) in The Royal Bank of Scotland, Head of Investment Banking at Sanpaolo IMI and Chairman of Banca IMI and was previously Head of the Finance Department at the Istituto Mobiliare Italiano IMI. Mr. Mattei has also been a Board Member of Borsa Italiana. Mr. Mattei is currently the chairman of the Audit Committee and the Remuneration Committee. He is currently Chairman of Accretion Corporate Consulting S.p.A., Chairman of Officine CST - Consulting Services & Technology - S.p.A., and Chairman and CEO of Quorum Sgr S.p.A. Mr. Mattei is not and has not been a director of any other listed companies in Hong Kong or overseas in the past three years.
FORESTIERI, GiancarloIndependent Non-executive Director
FORESTIERI, Giancarlo, was appointed to our Board on May 31, 2007. Mr. Forestieri obtained a degree in Economics and Banking from the University of Siena in 1970 and obtained a Specialization in Corporate Finance from the Scuola Mattei — ENI in 1971. From 1988 to the present, Mr. Forestieri has been a Full Professor of Financial Markets and Institutions at the Bocconi University in Milan. Mr. Forestieri’s professional experience includes serving as a member of the boards of directors of INA and Assitalia (from 1993 to 1994), Mediofactoring (from 1997 to 1999), Cassa di Risparmio di Parma e Piacenza (from 1996 to 1999 and then from 2003 to 2007 as the chairman of the board), Banca Intesa (from 1999 to 2006) and as a member of the its executive committee (from 2000 to 2006), Alleanza Assicurazioni (from 2001 to 2007), Centrosim (from 1998 to 2003 where he was the chairman of the board) and Crédit Agricole Vita (from 2007 to present as the chairman of the board). Mr. Forestieri is a member of the Italian Scientific Societies in the Fields of Finance and Management. Mr. Forestieri is a member of the Audit Committee and the Remuneration Committee. Mr. Forestieri is not and has not been a director of any other listed companies in Hong Kong or overseas in the past three years.
LIU, Sing CheongIndependent Non-executive Director
LIU, Sing Cheong, JP, was appointed our independent Non-executive Director on May 9, 2011. He has been the Chairman of My Top Home (China) Holdings Limited (a Guangzhou-based property agency and consultancy) since 2005, the Vice Chairman of Guangzhou Pearl River — Hang Cheong Real Estate Consultants Limited (from 1993 to 2008), Chairman of Evergreen Real Estate Consultants Limited since 2001 and an independent non-executive director of Swire Properties Limited since 2010, all of which are private companies. He is a director of Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation since 2009. He is also a Member of the Council of The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Development Committee of the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority, and the Security and Guarding Services Industry Authority. Mr. Liu has been a Part-time Member of the Central Policy Unit of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region since 1 January 2011. Mr. Liu graduated from The Hong Kong Polytechnic in 1979 with an Advanced Higher Diploma in Surveying and from The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology in 1994 with a Master of Business Administration degree. He has been a fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors since 1994 and the Hong Kong Institute of Surveyors since 1993. Mr. Liu is currently a member of the Audit Committee. Mr. Liu is not and has not been a director of any other listed companies in Hong Kong or overseas in the past three years.