BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The board of directors of Natuzzi S.p.A. currently consists of seven members, all of whom were elected at the Company’s annual general shareholders’ meeting held on April 29, 2017. All of the members of the board of directors were elected for a one-year period. The Directors of the Company are as follows:
Pasquale Natuzzi, currently Chairman of the Board of Directors, Chief Executive Officer and ad interim Chief Operations Officer. He founded the Company in 1959. Mr. Natuzzi held the title of sole director of the Company from its incorporation in 1972 until 1991, when he became the Chairman of the Board of Directors. Mr. Natuzzi has creative skills and is directly involved with brand development and product styling. He takes care of strategic partnerships with existing and new accounts.
Antonia Isabella Perrone
Antonia Isabella Perrone is a Director and is involved in the main areas of Natuzzi Group management, from the definition of strategies to retail distribution, marketing and brand development, and foreign transactions. In 1998, she was appointed sole director of a company in the agricultural-food sector, wholly owned by the Natuzzi Family (as defined above). She became part of the Natuzzi Group in 1994, dealing with marketing and communication for the Italian market under the scope of retail development management until 1997. She has been married to Pasquale Natuzzi since 1997.
Giuseppe Antonio DíAngelo
Giuseppe Antonio DíAngelo is an Outside Director of the Company and is currently Executive Vice President of Anglo-America & CIS regions with Ferrero International SA. Before joining Ferrero in 2009, he acquired significant international experience in general management of multinational companies such as General Mills (from 1997 to 2009), S.C. Johnson & Son (from 1991 to 1997) and Procter & Gamble (from 1989 to 1991). Mr. D’Angelo earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from LUISS University of Rome in 1988. He received certification from Harvard Business School in the Advanced Management Program in 2004.
Dimitri Duffeleer is an Outside Director of the Company and since June 2003 has been a Managing Director & Co-Founder of Quaeroq CVBA, an investment firm that focuses on small and mid-sized companies and that is a holder of 5.0% of the Company’s outstanding share capital. He founded the research company At Infinitum in 1998 and prior to that worked in engineering. He is currently a director and a member of the audit committee at RealDolmen NV, a director, president of the audit committee and member of the remuneration committee for Connect NV, a member of the supervisory board and the strategic committee at Generix Group and a director and a member of the audit and remuneration committee at Fountain SA.
Cristina Finocchi Mahne
Cristina Finocchi Mahne is an Outside Director of the Company and is currently Professor of Advanced Business Administration at the Faculty of Economics, La Sapienza University of Rome, and of Corporate Governance at Luiss Business School. She is a member of the board of directors and of the remuneration & nomination, related parties and control & risk committees of Trevi Group, a listed multinational foundation engineering company (since 2013) and a member of the board and of the risk and related parties committees of Banco di Desio e della Brianza Group, a listed banking group (since 2013). She previously served from 2010 to 2013 on the board of directors of Pms Group, a listed strategic communication and corporate governance advisory firm. She is Co-Chair of the Italian Chapter of WCD (WomenCorporateDirectors), an international think tank, reserved to executive and independent board members, focused on best practices in corporate governance. She began her career in corporate finance at Euromobiliare, a merchant bank owned by HSBC and then gained additional experience in finance at Tamburi&Associati, JP Morgan, Hill & Knowlton and Fineco Group. She is the author of articles published in leading Italian economic newspapers and international publications. Prof. Finocchi Mahne earned her Degree in Economics and Business from La Sapienza University of Rome and her MBA from LUISS Business School.
Ernesto Greco is an Outside Director of the Company and since October 2007 has been the Chief Financial Officer and General Manager for Administration, Control and Information Systems of the Ferragamo Group. He started his professional career working in large chemical groups, including Montedison and Eni, as well as in high tech companies such as Hewlett Packard and Wang Laboratories in controllership and finance related positions. From 1989 to 2006 he served as Chief Financial Officer at the Bulgari Group and, from 2006 to 2007, he served as Chief Executive Officer of the Natuzzi Group.
Vincenzo Perrone is an Outside Director of the Company and is currently Professor of Organizational Theory and Behavior at Bocconi University - Milan, Italy, where he also previously served as Director of the Organizational and Human Resource Management Department of the Bocconi School of Management (1996—2002), Chairman of the Institute of Organization and Information Systems (2001—2007) and Vice-Rector for Research (2008—2012). He was a visiting professor at Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota from 1992 to 1994. He currently serves on the board of energy company Egea S.p.A. (since June 2009) and as a strategic advisor to the CEO of Fiera Milano S.p.A., a trade fair and exhibition organizer (since 2013). He has prior experience as a member of the board of directors of ClarisVita S.p.A. (2003-2005), ACTA S.p.A. (2004), IP Cleaning S.p.A. (2004—2008) and Società Autostrada Pedemontana Lombarda S.p.A. (2009—2011) and served on the advisory boards of Arthur Andersen MBA S.r.l. (1999—2000) and SAP Italia S.p.A. (2000—2001), as a member of the Technical and Scientific Oversight Board for procurement studies overseen by the Ministry of Economy and Finance – Treasury Department, on board committees responsible for awarding public tenders organized by Consip S.p.A. (2000—2003), on the Technical Committee for Research and Innovation of Confindustria (2004—2008) and on the Technical Commission for Public Finance at the Ministry of Economy and Finance (2007—2008). He has served as the Director of the Bocconi School of Management’s Economia & Management journal and has served as a reviewer for the Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Organization Science (editorial board member) and Journal of International Business Studies. He has published several books and articles both in Italian and international journals.
Stefania Saviolo is an Outside Director of the Company. She is currently Professor of strategic management at Bocconi University and SDA Bocconi School of Management where since 2013 she has been the Director of the Luxury & Fashion Knowledge Center and founding director in 2001 for the Master in Fashion, Experience & Design Management. She was a visiting scholar at the Stern School of Business, New York University and also served as a visiting professor at Fudan University in Shanghai, China. She is a member of the board of directors and of the remuneration and control and risk committees of TXT e-solutions, a listed international software products and solutions vendor (since 2014). She has gained expertise in brand management, product marketing and internationalization strategies as a management consultant for international fashion and luxury companies. She is the author and co-author of several books and articles on management, particularly in the luxury, fashion and design industries.