Francesca Bellettini, president and ceo of Yves Saint Laurent, has been nominated Alumna Bocconi of the year 2018


The award given by Bocconi Alumni Community, and which rewards an alumnus that has distinguished itself for adhering to the Bocconi values ​​of professionalism, resourcefulness, integrity, responsibility and openness to pluralism, goes to the manager who graduated in business administration from Bocconi in 1994. “It is an honor and a further opportunity to thank Bocconi University for the impeccable training that has certainly contributed to achieving ambitious professional goals”, he commented.

After graduation, Francesca makes her professional debut in London investment banking, for Goldman Sachs International and then Deutsche Morgan Grenfell, where she supports operations for luxury fashion houses and is dedicated to extraordinary finance and, in particular, to company mergers. In 1999 he entered the fashion industry, in the Prada Group, followed by experience with Helmut Lang as Operations manager. She joined the Kering Group in 2003, where he took on the role of Strategic planning director and associate worldwide merchandising director for Gucci and then of Worldwide merchandising director for Bottega Veneta. In September 2013 he was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Saint Laurent. He is currently Chairman and CEO of the Maison and is part of the Executive Committee of Kering.

“A very interesting and special career path, dictated by the passion for his work and always accompanied by the sharing of Bocconi values, with the right balance between analytics and creativity, rationality and creativity”, commented Riccardo Monti, president of Bocconi Alumni Community. “Francesca accepted the challenge of leading Saint Laurent with courage and dedication and started a process of profound renewal and redefinition, while at the same time maintaining the brand’s DNA and its iconic and nonconformist style unchanged”.

“The words of Francesca herself – ‘Modernity is to allow creativity to express themselves’ – reflect well her managerial thinking and her personality: creativity at the center of the strategic process, freedom of expression, teamwork in an international and multicultural context ale, trust in people, propensity for change, passion without compromise. A winning formula for Saint Laurent that, in the years following the arrival of Francesca, recorded an annual growth of 20% “.