board of directors

The Board of Directors is the highest decision making body of the Company vested with all the ordinary and extraordinary management powers.

The Board sets the Prada Group’s strategy, monitors its implementation, and reviews its financial performance.

The Board delegates some of its powers to one or more Executive Directors.

The current Board of Directors was appointed by the Shareholders’ Meeting on May 27th, 2021 for a term of three financial years (2021-2023). Initially made up of nine Directors, as of January 28, 2022 this number was increased to 11 with the appointment of two additional independent non-executive directors.

Paolo Zannoni - Chairman of the Board and Executive Director

Miuccia Prada Bianchi, Patrizio Bertelli, Alessandra Cozzani and Lorenzo Bertelli - Executive Directors

Stefano Simontacchi - Non-Executive Director

Marina Sylvia Caprotti, Maurizio Cereda, Pamela Culpepper, Anna Maria Rugarli and Yoël Zaoui - Independent Non-Executive Directors

Board of DIrectors

Miuccia Prada Bianchi
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
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Miuccia Prada Bianchi

Miuccia Prada is Chief Executive Officer of the Company along with Mr. Patrizio Bertelli as well as Prada Co-Creative Director along with Raf Simons and Miu Miu Creative Director. She served as Chairperson of the Board from 2003 to 2014 and was most recently re-elected to the Board in May 2021.

After obtaining a degree in Political Science from Milan University, Miuccia Prada began designing for the exclusive family business, founded by her grandfather in 1913. At the end of the ‘70s she formed a partnership with Patrizio Bertelli, an entrepreneur and owner of two high quality leather goods companies at the time. The combination of the two minds made it possible for Prada to become one of the leading luxury companies worldwide.

Miuccia Prada and Patrizio Bertelli’s passion for art led them to create Fondazione Prada, an institution championing contemporary culture through its innovative and experimental programmes.

Miuccia Prada has received several awards for her original vision, innovation, and contribution to international fashion. In 2000, she received an Honorary Doctorate from the Royal College of Art in London. In 2006, Ms. Prada was named Officier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture. In 2015, she was granted the title of Knight of the Grand Cross, the highest Order of Merit of the Italian Republic, in recognition of her international success and contribution on behalf of Italy to the fields of creativity, fashion and style.

 

Patrizio Bertelli
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
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Patrizio Bertelli

Patrizio Bertelli is Chief Executive Officer of the Company along with Ms. Miuccia Prada. He was first appointed to the Board in 2003 and was most recently re-elected to the Board in May 2021. 

His partnership with Miuccia Prada began at the end of the ‘70s. His pioneering approach of controlling the entire supply chain, his focus on quality and detail, combined with the ability to reinterpret Prada’s DNA for a contemporary audience, were instrumental in the brand’s ascent to become one of the world leaders in luxury.

To his entrepreneurial activity, he combines cultural and sporting interests that he shares with Miuccia Prada. Fondazione Prada was founded in 1993 with the aim of organising and sponsoring contemporary art exhibitions and other cultural activities. In 1997, he created the “Prada Challenge for the America’s Cup 2000” team. In 2021, Prada became the title sponsor of the 36th America’s Cup.

Mr. Bertelli received an honorary degree in Business Economics from the University of Florence in 2000, the Master honoris causa in Business Administration from the CUOA Business School in 2017 and the “University Seal” from the University of Bologna in 2021.

In 2006, Time Magazine cited him together with Miuccia Prada among the 100 most influential couples in the world and in 2012 he became the first Italian in history to be inducted into the America’s Cup Hall of Fame.

 

Paolo Zannoni
CHAIRMAN AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
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Paolo Zannoni

Paolo Zannoni was appointed Chairman of the Board of Directors in May 2021. He has been an international advisor at Goldman Sachs since 2019, covering Italy and the rest of Europe. He served as Chairman of the Italian energy and telecommunications company Prysmian Group from 2005 to 2012. Prior to this, Mr. Zannoni worked at Goldman Sachs for many years, where he significantly enhanced its investment banking franchise in Italy. Before joining Goldman Sachs, Mr. Zannoni was Vice President at Fiat S.p.A. and a lecturer at Yale University. He continues to be an executive fellow at the Yale School of Management, an advisory board member of the International Centre for Finance (ICF) and a board member of the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs. Mr. Zannoni has an MA and an MPhil in Political Science from Yale University. He also has a BA from the University of Bologna.

 

ALESSANDRA COZZANI
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
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Alessandra Cozzani

Alessandra Cozzani, former Chief Financial Officer. She was first appointed to the Board in December 2013 and was most recently re-elected in May 2021. Ms. Cozzani joined the Group in 2000 having held different managerial roles. She was Investor Relations Director from 2010 until 2016 and she holds directorships in the Company’s subsidiaries. Ms. Cozzani started her career as an auditor at Coopers & Lybrand (1989-1995). Prior to joining the Group, she worked in Castelletti International Transports. Ms. Cozzani obtained a degree “cum laude” in Business Administration from the University of Genoa in 1988.

 

Lorenzo Bertelli
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
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Lorenzo Bertelli

Lorenzo Bertelli joined the Board of Directors as Executive Director in May 2021. Mr. Bertelli has been Group Marketing Director since 2019 and, from 2020, has been appointed Group’s Head of Corporate Social Responsibility. He is responsible, on one side, for the Group’s Marketing and Communication strategy and, on the other, for the Group’s overall approach to sustainability strategy and initiatives.
He joined the Group in 2017 as Head of Digital Communication. Mr. Bertelli has also been Director of Prada Holding S.p.A. since 2015.
Lorenzo Bertelli obtained a degree in Philosophy at San Raffaele University in Milan in 2008.

 

STEFANO SIMONTACCHI
NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
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Stefano Simontacchi

Stefano Simontacchi was first appointed a Non-Executive Director of the Company in April 2016 and most recently re-elected in May 2021. In December 2018, Mr. Simontacchi was appointed President of BonelliErede, a leading law firm in Italy. His practice focuses on international taxation, transfer pricing and tax planning, private equity, M&A and company reorganisations. Mr. Simontacchi obtained a degree “cum laude” in business administration from Bocconi University in 1995. In 2000, he obtained an Advanced LL.M. “cum laude” in International Taxation from Leiden University. In January 2007, Mr. Simontacchi obtained his PhD in International Taxation from the Faculty of Law of Leiden University. He currently serves as Chairman of the Fondazione Ospedale Buzzi.

 

Marina Sylvia Caprotti
INDEPENDENT NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
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Marina Sylvia Caprotti

Marina Sylvia Caprotti was appointed an Independent Non-Executive Director in May 2021. She has been Executive Chairperson of Esselunga S.p.A., one of the leaders in the large-scale distribution in Italy, since 2019. Prior to this, she was a member of Esselunga Board of Directors from June 1998 and Vice President from 2016 to 2019. She is currently a Director on the Board of Fondazione Accademia Teatro alla Scala of Milan. Ms. Caprotti obtained a Law degree from Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan in 2004.

 

MAURIZIO CEREDA
INDEPENDENT NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
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Maurizio Cereda

Maurizio Cereda was first appointed an Independent Non-Executive Director in April 2018 and was most recently re-elected in May 2021. Prior to this, he served as Non-Executive Director from 2016 to 2018. Mr. Cereda’s practice focuses on providing consultancy services to entrepreneurs, family offices, companies, and financial institutions. Mr. Cereda worked at Mediobanca S.p.A. for fifteen years, until his appointment as Deputy General Manager and Head of Corporate Finance. Since 2015, he has been a founding partner and board member of FIEE (Fondo Italiano per l’Efficienza Energetica) Sgr S.p.A.
Mr. Cereda obtained a degree in business economics from Bocconi University in 1989.

 

Pamela Culpepper
INDEPENDENT NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
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Pamela Culpepper

Pamela Culpepper was appointed an Independent Non-Executive Director in January 2022. She is co-founder of Have Her Back, LLC., a female-owned, female led culture consultancy focused on advancing equity for all. Ms. Culpepper was the Chief Human Resources Officer at Cboe Global Markets, Inc., one of the world’s largest exchange holding companies.

As a veteran HR executive, Ms. Culpepper has over 25 years of experience. She joined Cboe from Golin, where she was the company’s Chief People Officer. For more than 14 years prior, she held various leadership roles with PepsiCo, Inc., including Chief Global Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Vice President Human Resources for Quaker Foods and Snacks; Vice President Human Resources for PepsiCo’s Beverages Supply Chain; and Vice President Talent Management and Diversity for Quaker, Tropicana and Gatorade. Before PepsiCo, Ms. Culpepper held progressive roles with McKesson Corporation, Clorox and Wells Fargo.

Ms. Culpepper has a BA in Psychology from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and a Master of Public Administration in Organizational Change from California State University, Eastbay.

 

Anna Maria Rugarli
INDEPENDENT NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
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Anna Maria Rugarli

Anna Maria Rugarli was appointed an Independent Non-Executive Director in January 2022. She is a Sustainability & CSR expert with more than twenty years of experience in designing innovative programs and in developing sustainability strategies.

Ms. Rugarli initiated and launched Nike’s Sustainability & CSR programs in Europe, Middle East & Africa and was with the company for 12 years, pioneering this work at industry level. She then led VF’s Circular Economy strategy at global level as well as Sustainability, Purpose, and D,E&I strategy at regional level for 10 years.

Ms. Rugarli matured in depth understanding and knowledge of social, environmental and supply chain issues in the sporting goods, outdoor, apparel and footwear industries.

She is currently holding the Corporate Sustainability Vice President position at Japan Tobacco International. She graduated in Political Sciences and is a certified broker in Cross-Sector Partnerships at Cambridge University.

 

YOËL ZAOUI
INDEPENDENT NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
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Yoël Zaoui

Yoël Zaoui was appointed an Independent Non-Executive Director in May 2021. He is a co-founder of Zaoui & Co., which was established in 2013, to advise select clients on mergers, acquisitions and other strategic and financial transactions. Mr. Zaoui began his investment-banking career at Goldman Sachs in 1988, and, over a 24-year career was responsible for some of Europe’s largest and more defining corporate transactions.

Mr. Zaoui was educated in France and the US; he obtained a diploma from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC, 1982), a DEA doctoral degree in Finance from Université Paris-Dauphine (1983) and an MBA from Stanford University (1988). Mr. Zaoui continues to be actively involved with his alma maters, serving as a member of the Cercle des Grands Donateurs de la Fondation HEC. His Majesty the King of Morocco Mohamed VI of the Order of Wissam has decorated Mr. Zaoui.

 

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