Giorgio Armani S.p.A. announces the appointment of Bridget Ryan Berman as Chief
Executive Officer of Giorgio Armani Corporation, its wholly-owned U.S. subsidiary,
with effect from April 10, 2006.
Ms. Ryan Berman, 45, was most recently Vice President / Chief Operating Officer
of Retail Stores for Apple Computer, Inc, with responsibility for over 100 retail
locations that Apple owns and operates throughout the United States, Japan and
the United Kingdom. Her appointment at Apple Computer in June, 2004, followed
more than 20 years in department and designer store retailing, the last 12 years
of which were served with the Polo Ralph Lauren Corporation, ultimately as Group
President of Retail, with responsibility for the strategic development and operational
management of Polo Ralph Lauren’s worldwide direct retail network. Ms. Ryan
Berman was also a member of Polo Ralph Lauren’s executive leadership team and
was a member of the board of directors for RL Media. Ms. Ryan Berman’s career
began with Allied Department Stores, followed by executive postings at Federated
Department Stores and May Department Stores in merchandising and store management.
Giorgio Armani, President and Chief Executive of Giorgio Armani S.p.A., said:
“I am delighted to welcome Bridget Ryan Berman to our executive management team
at a time of significant opportunity and expansion for the Armani brand in the
United States, the company’s most important marketplace in terms of consolidated
and wholesale revenues. Her wide-ranging and varied industry experience is perfectly
matched to our unique multi-brand strategy and will be an invaluable asset to
the company going forward.”
As announced in January, Matteo Mascazzini, 37, was appointed Chief Operating
Officer of Giorgio Armani Corporation with effect from March 1. Mr. Mascazzini
joined the Armani Group in 2003 as Chief Financial Officer at Giorgio Armani
Japan, its wholly-owned Japanese subsidiary. He had previously been Financial
Controller at Versace Corporation in the United States and Group Financial Controller
at Versace S.p.A. in Milan, Italy.
The Armani Group is one of the leading fashion and luxury goods groups in the
world today with 5,000 direct employees and 13 factories. It designs, manufactures,
distributes and retails fashion and lifestyle products including apparel, accessories,
eyewear, watches, jewelry, home furnishings, and fragrances and cosmetics under
a range of brand names: Armani/Prive’, Giorgio Armani, Armani Collezioni, Emporio
Armani, Armani Jeans, A/X Armani Exchange, Armani Junior and Baby and Armani
The Group’s direct retail network currently comprises: 62 Giorgio Armani boutiques,
11 Armani Collezioni stores, 133 Emporio Armani stores, 95 A/X Armani Exchange
stores, 18 AJ Armani Jeans stores, 6 Armani Junior stores, 1 Giorgio Armani
Accessories store and 20 Armani Casa stores in 39 countries.
Contact: Robert Triefus
Giorgio Armani S.p.A.
Tel: (39) 02723181