Francesco Trapani is the Chairman of the Board of both the Company and the Sponsor. He is a globally recognized figure in the hard luxury sector (which includes watches and jewellery), having built one of hard luxury’s champions, as CEO of Bulgari Group from 1984 to 2011, and run the [largest hard luxury conglomerate in the world, as Chairman and CEO of LVHM’s Watches and Jewellery division], from 2011 to 2014. Francesco Trapani began his career as an assistant to the Bulgari CFO for three years, before becoming Chief Executive Officer of the company in 1984. In 1995, he led the listing of Bulgari on the Italian Stock Exchange as the controlling shareholder. He also led other activities aimed at increasing Bulgari’s global brand awareness, such as the creation of Bulgari Hotels & Resorts, a joint venture with Marriott International / Ritz-Carlton, in 2001.
In 2011, Francesco led the integration of Bulgari Group with the LVMH Group. For the next three years, Francesco was President and CEO of LVMH’s Watches and jewellery division, as well as a member of the LVMH Board of Directors until 2016, when he left the company.
In 2014, Francesco joined Clessidra SGR Spa, one of the largest Italian private equity managers, as Vice Chairman and 18 months later he became Chairman.
In February 2017, following a significant investment, he became a member of the board of directors of Tiffany & Co. Inc., and advised the company on the appointment of a new management team focused on innovation and profitability, including CEO Alessandro Bogliolo, in 2017.
In May 2017, Francesco became a shareholder of Tages Holding and assumed the role of Executive Vice Chairman. Since 2019, he has acted as co-founder and Chairman of Bluebell Capital Partners, an activist hedge fund based in London.
Francesco is also the chairman of Gruppo Florence, a high-end “made in Italy” garments group, and a member of the EMEA advisory board of Salesforce.
Francesco holds a degree in Economics and Commerce from the University of Naples and attended further Marketing and Finance courses at New York University.