Milan, 28th January, 2022 - The Shareholders’ Meeting of Prada S.p.A. today appointed two new Independent Non-Executive Directors: Pamela Culpepper and Anna Maria Rugarli. These appointments bring the Board up to a total of 11 members, increasing the number of Independent Directors (5 in total) and substantially achieving gender equality (5 women and 6 men).
Pamela Culpepper and Anna Maria Rugarli were selected for their proven professional background in Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) and in accordance with the Diversity Policy of the Board of Directors. The Prada Group also confirms and reinforces its commitment to sustainability through the upcoming establishment of an ESG Board Committee under the leadership of Lorenzo Bertelli, Prada Group Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, Pamela Culpepper and Anna Maria Rugarli. This Committee will be assisting and supporting the Board of Directors in its sustainability assessments and decisions with regards to the three courses of action at the basis of the Group’s ESG strategy: people, environment and culture.
Lorenzo Bertelli, Prada Group Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, said: “I am pleased to welcome to the Board Pamela Culpepper and Anna Maria Rugarli, professionals with an extensive knowledge in ESG topics and who held leadership positions in multinational companies. Their contribution will be crucial for the Board and for the deployment of Prada’s sustainability strategy. This decision will allow us to accelerate in several projects already in our pipeline.”
Pamela Culpepper 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 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.