Brunello Cucinelli was born into a peasant family in Castel Rigone, province of Perugia, in 1953.
After obtaining a diploma as building surveyor, he enrolled in the faculty of Engineering but then dropped out. In 1978 he set up a small company and captivated the market with his idea of dying cashmere.
Since when he was a boy, he witnessed his father working in an unwelcoming environment and became a close observer of the world, thus developing his dream to promote a concept of work that ensured respect for “the human being’s moral and economic” dignity. This is a key element to understand his personality and the success of his business, which Brunello considers not only as a wealth-generating entity, but also as a framework to develop and nurture his dream of a capitalism that enhances the human being.
His knowledge of the great figures of the past has always fed his dreams and ideals, but he is always looking ahead towards the distant future, and each action and accomplishment of his is designed to last over the centuries.
In 1982, after marrying Federica Benda, Brunello moved to “Solomeo”, which became the venue to make his dreams come true and a great workshop to build his success as an entrepreneur and humanist.
The increasingly international market welcomed his quality products warmly and enabled him to implement his ideals.
In 1985 he purchased the fourteenth-century tumbledown castle in the hamlet and made it into his corporate headquarters; in 2000, with a view to meet the market’s growing demand with adequate production facilities, he acquired and refurbished an existing plant at the foot of the Solomeo hill instead of building new facilities.
The “Forum of the Art”, including the Aurelian Library, the Gymnasium, the Amphitheatre and the Theatre, was built in 2008 and became the ideal venue for culture and art.
The desire to list the company in the Milan Stock Exchange was born around this time and became reality in 2012. This move, too, was not driven by financial reasons alone, as Brunello saw a wider participation in his business activity as an opportunity to spread his ideals of a new capitalism, a truly “humanistic capitalism”.
The experience of the Forum of the Arts, built exclusively by Umbrian master craftsmen, spawned the idea of the “Solomeo School of Arts and Crafts”, which was established in 2013. Brunello’s vision entails that the memory of an important humanistic factor such as craftsmanship is preserved and passed on to future generations; therefore the school is the workshop where this aspiration becomes reality.
In 2014, the “Project for Beauty” was presented in Milan, an initiative supported by the Brunello and Federica Cucinelli Foundation; the project entails the creation of three huge parks at the foot of the Solomeo hill (the Agricultural Park, the Secular Youth Club Park and the Industry Park) recovering part of the property occupied by old abandoned factories and using it to grow trees, orchards and lawns. This initiative symbolizes the crucial value of earth, “from which all things are”, as Xenophon put it. With this project Brunello highlights the duty to restore the “dignity of the land” and he shows that “Beauty will save the world” whenever the world will in turn save Beauty.
The Brunello Cucinelli S.p.A. currently employs approximately 2500 people and cooperates with around 4000 subcontractors. Nobody clocks in or out. The working time is from 8 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. with a long lunch break. It is forbidden to work after 5.30 p.m..
In 2010, the University of Studies of Perugia awarded Brunello Cucinelli an honoris causa Master's Degree in "Philosophy and Ethics of Human Relations," honoring his high activity as a humanist entrepreneur. In the same year, he was appointed Cavaliere del Lavoro by the President of the Italian Republic.
In 2017, the influential Kiel Institute awarded him the "Global Economy Prize for the World Economy" for being able to "[...] perfectly embodies the figure of the Honorable Merchant."
The following year, the University of Studies of Messina, deeming Brunello Cucinelli to be a "concrete thinker, cultural promoter and true patron of our times," awarded him a Doctorate of Philosophy honoris causa, and in the same year he was awarded the prestigious appointment of Cavaliere di Gran Croce al Merito della Repubblica Italiana.
In 2021, he received in London the "Designer of the Year" award by the leading British men's fashion magazine "GQ," confirming his constant humanistic commitment as a designer and entrepreneur and for projects for Human Sustainability.
In 2022, the University of Rome "Sapienza" awarded him the title of Doctor of Research Honoris Causa in "Management, Banking and Commodity Sciences," an honor intended to pay tribute to the "particularity of his entrepreneurial activity, which has always aimed to provide work with complete respect for the moral and economic dignity of human beings."
In 2023, the Neiman Marcus Luxury Department Store awarded Brunello Cucinelli the "Neiman Marcus Award for Distinguished Service in the Field of Fashion," an international prize that honors individuals in the world who have most influenced Fashion.
Riccardo Stefanelli CeoClose
Born in Perugia in 1981, he graduated with a Master's Degree in Legal Science at the University of Perugia, discussing a thesis on Corporate Culture and Cultural Sustainability.
He joined the Brunello Cucinelli Group in 2006 and gained considerable experience first within the finance department and specifically in the area of investment planning and control, and then served as head of programming, control and planning of the retail business.
He became the Group's legal contact person in 2007.
He was appointed to the Board of Directors of Brunello Cucinelli S.p.A. in 2011.
From April 2017 until May 2020, he served as co-commercial director of the Group with responsibility for management and development of the single-brand and multi-brand network.
In 2020 he became CEO, with delegated powers for Product and Operations.
He is member of the Council for Human Sustainability and Humanistic Capitalism, headed by the founder of the Solomeo-based company, aimed at preserving and cultivating the essential ethical values that inspire the model of life and work promoted by the Solomeo-based company.
Furthermore, since March 2018 he has been President of the Umbria Business School devoted to the Training Systems of Confindustria Umbria, within which he is also Delegate for Culture and Member of the Board of Directors of the Textile-Clothing Section. All these experiences gradually acquired within Confindustria Umbria, in parallel with his commitment to the business of the Solomeo-based company, led him to focus even more significantly on the needs and development potential peculiar to his territory and on its network of companies.
In May 2023, he was appointed member of the Board of Directors of the AC Milan.
Luca Lisandroni CeoClose
Born in Treia (Macerata), on 16 November 1978. After having attended classical studies, he graduated in Economics and Social Sciences at the “Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi” in Milan. He started his career at the Marketing Division of L'Oreal Paris in Italy, as product manager of the brand “Studio Line”. In 2005 he joined Luxottica as Key Account Manager. Over the years he took on roles of increasing responsibility within the Wholesale Division of Luxotttica which led him to know the Group's global commercial organization and to increase contacts with the industrial division, developing projects to optimize the supply chain and maximize customer service quality. In 2011 he was appointed General Manager of Luxottica Brazil, based in Sao Paulo. In the first months he took care of the completion of the acquisition of Tecnol, leading manufacturer and distributor of glasses in Latin America.
In the nearly five years of management of Luxottica Brazil, he completed the vertical integration and created a solid and steady growth, so that Luxottica Brazil has become one of the key branches of Luxottica Group. In March 2016 he ceased his relationship with Luxottica Group. In April 2016 he becomes a key officer of Brunello Cucinelli S.p.A.; in the same month he is appointed Director of the Company. From April 2017 to May 2020 he served as Chief Commercial Officer with responsibility of managing and developing for mono- and multi-brand networks of the Brunello Cucinelli Group and as the Group’s Co-CEO. Since May 2020 he serves as CEO with powers regarding the area of Markets.
Camilla Cucinelli DirectorClose
Born in Perugia on July 29, 1982, she had a foreign language education and in 2002 joined the Brunello Cucinelli Group.
After gaining a brief formative experience in the commercial department, an experience which she was able to carry out both in Italy and in the US, she gradually focused with ever-increasing energy to the creative process, the very soul of the high craftsmanship production that characterizes the Solomeo-based company.
Consistent with her propensity to ideation and creativity, she joined the Style Department of the family company. Over the years, by virtue of her idea of sporty chic, she contributed significantly to curate several Brunello Cucinelli collections, but also to propose new designs of fine taste and innovative lines both for clothes and accessories.
Her deep knowledge of the company's reality and the development of handcrafted products allowed her to participate in the organization of the various activities, especially related to the creation of the Women's collections, which she also constantly monitored in relation to the evolution of contemporary taste.
Creative Co-Head of the Company's Women's Style Department, she works daily in close and direct contact with both CEO Riccardo Stefanelli and the Executive Chairman and Creative Director Cav. Lav. Brunello Cucinelli.
She is member of the Council for Human Sustainability and Humanistic Capitalism, headed by the founder of the Solomeo-based company and aimed at preserving and cultivating the essential ethical values that inspire the model of life and work promoted by the Solomeo-based company.
In parallel with her work at the company, together with her sister Carolina, she actively participates in the cultural programming activities of the Brunello and Federica Cucinelli Foundation in Solomeo, with a particular focus on the social promotion of the area.
In this sense, it is her passion for literature and the arts that supports her in following all those initiatives to which the family Foundation gives life, with the aim of promoting the different expressions of creativity and specifically to encourage young talent.
Carolina Cucinelli DirectorClose
Born in Perugia on 23 February 1991, Carolina is the second-born child of Federica and Brunello Cucinelli. After graduating from high school with an artistic diploma in Fashion and Costume - a qualification that enabled her to learn about cutting, tailoring and fabric printing - she grew increasingly passionate about studying subjects related to the creation of garments.
After attending a number of advanced courses in the artistic field, in 2010 she started her professional career within the family company, Brunello Cucinelli S.p.A., first as an assistant in the Women’s Design Department and later as Head of the Accessories Division.
Together with her sister Camilla, she played an active role in the social and cultural promotion of the local area for the Brunello and Federica Cucinelli Foundation in Solomeo, as well as for projects of national interest, and was directly involved in the ‘Human Artisans of the Web’ internet project. Here, the focus was on creating the e-commerce platform (online boutique) and getting it online, along with a major overhaul of the company’s official website. Now, while continuing to oversee communication projects, she is also involved in the company’s commercial strategy, keeping a closer eye on the company’s wholesale and retail development.
In 2021, she made a significant contribution to the development of a fundamental alliance between the Brunello Cucinelli brand and Oliver Peoples, the historic eyewear label founded in Los Angeles in the heart of West Hollywood.
She also played an active part in the renovation project of the hamlet of Solomeo, where the company is based.
Together with her family, she set up an artistic and cultural program aimed at strengthening the sense of community, hosting international performances in the theatre in Solomeo and organizing open-air cinema during the summer months in the Foro delle Arti.
Carolina currently serves as Co-President, Co-Creative Director and is also a member of the Board of Directors.
Giovanna Manfredi DirectorClose
Born in Rome on 30 August 1961. After undertaking classical studies, she completed her education at the Scuola Superiore per Interpreti e Traduttori in Rome. She entered the fashion world by founding her own fashion house for custom-made clothing in Via del Babuino in Rome in 1985. Just two years later, she devoted herself to the creation and production of her first ready-to-wear collection under the brand name ‘LE MANFREDI’, distributed throughout Italy and produced entirely in Umbria. It was here that she met Brunello Cucinelli, with whom she began an operational and corporate partnership in 1992, changing the brand name to GUNEX and specializing in the creation and production of high-quality skirts and trousers, with which she gained an international reputation over time.
In the following 20 years, she designed and developed the ‘GUNEX’-branded collections in close collaboration with the Brunello Cucinelli cashmere design department, with the explicit intention of coordinating the image of the two lines proposed in terms of stylistic and distribution synergy, aimed at establishing a precise, recognizable Group identity. In 2011, following the merger of Gunex into Brunello Cucinelli S.p.A., she joined the design team of the ‘BRUNELLO CUCINELLI’ brand, sharing responsibility for the creative development of the women’s and children’s collections and directing the team of designers, pattern-makers and seamstresses at the Rome office.
Since June 2011, she has been a member of the Brunello Cucinelli S.p.A. Board of Directors.
Stefano Domenicali Independent DirectorClose
Stefano Domenicali, born on 11 May 1965 in Imola, is Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Automobili Lamborghini. He began his professional career in 1991 with Ferrari and took over several important roles before becoming Head of the Ferrari Direzione Sportiva F1 in 2004. In 2008 he was Team Principal of Scuderia Ferrari F1, which won the Constructors’ World Championship that year. From 2009 to 2014 Domenicali represented Ferrari in the F.I.A World Motor Sport Council and still belongs to that body today. He is currently president of the F.I.A. Single Seater Commission. He has been Vice President New Business Initiatives at AUDI AG since November 2014 before taking over his role at Lamborghini in Sant’Agata Bolognese.
Since September 2020 he is President and CEO of Formula 1.
He serves as Independent Director of Brunello Cucinelli S.p.A. since May 2020.
He is Officer of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic (October 2002) and Commendatore of the Italian Republic (2019). He has been awarded the Collare d’Oro for sports merit (2022).
Andrea Pontremoli DirectorClose
Andrea Pontremoli joined IBM in 1980, hired as a simple Maintenance Technician he then reached the level of European specialist for large computers. In 1985 he began his managerial career in the Bolzano Branch and later held positions of increasing responsibility, both in Italy and abroad, until 1994, when he joined the team that led to the creation of IBM Global Services in Italy two years later. From 1995 to 1997 he was Director Integrated Technology Services for Italy, a responsibility that, in 1997, was extended to markets in Southern Europe.
In 1999 he left Milan and moved to Paris: first he was appointed Vice President Operations of Global Services at the Europe Middle East and Africa level, then he became General Manager Integrated Technology Services for the same geographical area. In August 2001 he came back to Italy to assume the position of General Manager IBM Global Services for Southern Europe, directing the operations of about 25,000 people. He held those role until June 2004, when he was appointed President and CEO IBM Italy.
In October 2007, Andrea Pontremoli left his position as President and CEO of IBM Italy and accepted a new challenge, joining engineer Mr. Gian Paolo Dallara at the helm of Dallara Automobili, a historic company based in Varano de' Melegari, Valceno, in the province of Parma, which boasts an enviable palmares of successes collected all over the world.
Pontremoli joined as a Partner of the founder, Mr. Gian Paolo Dallara, and held the position of CEO and General Manager with the goal of growing new innovative strategies for the development of the small Emilia-based company that, since 1972, had been designing and producing single-seater and non-single-seater racing cars engaged in the most important sporting events.
Since November 2007, he is Director of the "Executive Master in Technology and Innovation Management" at Bologna Business School at the University of Bologna.
Since April 2008, he is member of the Board of Directors of Barilla S.p.A.
He is member of the Board of Directors of Brunello Cucinelli S.p.A. since May 2012.
Since January 2017, he is member of the Board of Trustees of the University of Parma.
Since December 2017, he is member of the Board of Directors of Lincotek Group S.p.A.
In 2004, the University of Parma awarded him an Honoris Causa degree in Computer Engineering for the expertise he gained over years of managerial activity and for his constant commitment to the technological development of territorial realities.
On June 2nd, 2006, he received from President of the Republic Ciampi the honor of Cavaliere di Gran Croce Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana.
Andrea Pontremoli is involved in several initiates with charities and nonprofit companies such as:
· President of MUNER (Motorvehicle University of Emilia Romagna, Nonprofit for Education)
· President Innovation Farm (Nonprofit for Education)
· President Valceno Study Center (Nonprofit for Culture and Territory)
· Vice President ASPHI (non-profit organization for management of the disabled through Information Technology)
Ramin Arani Independent DirectorClose
Ramin Arani had a 26 year career as a Portfolio Manager at Fidelity Investments where he worked since graduating from Tufts University with a BA in International Relations in 1992. Most recently Ramin was Fund Manager of the Fidelity Puritan Fund from February 2008 through September 2018 where the Fund achieved top 5% performance relative to Lipper and Morningstar Balanced Fund Peers over all key performance time periods. The Fund was a 5 star rated & Silver designated Fund according to Morningstar, under his management. Prior to the Puritan Fund, Ramin managed the Fidelity Trend Fund for 7 years, the Health Care Sector Fund in the late 90’s, and the Retail Select Fund in the mid-late ‘90’s. As a Fidelity research analyst from 1992-2000 Ramin covered the Aerospace & Defense, REIT, Retail, and Pharmaceutical industries. He has extensive investing experience in the Consumer Sector (media, luxury, retail, consumer products and services), Technology Sector, Healthcare Sector, Industrials, and Financials. As an investor in Private Companies for the past 10 years, Ramin has served on several Company Boards such as Legendary Pictures, Vice, Moda Operandi, Rent the Runway, the Void and Goop. Ramin has also personally been a founding partner and Board member of Rumble Boxing, ED by Ellen Degenres, and Girlgaze.
Currently, Ramin serves on the Boards of: LiveXLive (since 1/2019), The Void (since January 2019), Sakara Life (since 2019), Rumble Fitness (since 8/2019), Girlgaze (since 5/2018).
He is Independent Director of Brunello Cucinelli S.p.A. (since 5/2020) and serves as a member of the Remuneration and Appointments Committee.
Among his philanthropic efforts, Ramin has served on the Boards of The College Foundation of the University of Virginia, The Nichols School, the Institute for Global Leadership at Tufts University, Opportunity Network, Devereux Cleo Wallace, and Danny & Ron’s Rescue (dog rescue).
Ramin has three daughters, currently attending University of Virginia, Clemson University, and American Heritage High School. Ramin is an avid snowboarder, rock climber, runner, tennis player and an avid fan of American football, International Football and live music.
Maria Cecilia La Manna Independent DirectorClose
Maria Cecilia La Manna graduated in Economics at the University of Bologna in 1988 and in the same year obtained an Audit Master's degree jointly organized by the University of Bologna and PricewaterhouseCoopers. She is registered as a Certified Public Accountant since 1990 and as a Registered Auditor since 1999. Between 1989 and 1996 she developed the basis of her professional training in the audit firm PricewaterhouseCoopers, initially as a financial statement auditor and later by gaining experience in the Transaction Services division in the United Kingdom and Italy, where she consolidated her background in economics and finance.
She subsequently worked at Titan International Inc. Group, a company listed on the New York Stock Exchange, as Chief Financial Officer in Italy and later in Europe, where she gained extensive professional experience in acquisition processes, reorganization, integration, change management, and disposal of non-strategic assets.
In 2004, as Finance Director, she led the listing of Titan Europe Plc, on the AIM section of the London Stock Exchange, serving in the following years as the Group's Chief Operating Officer.
In 2005 she led the acquisition of the Italtractor ITM SpA group, a major global operator in the design, production and distribution of machinery components in the agricultural, mining and construction sectors, and served as CEO of the group since 2007. She is currently Vice Chairman of Titan ITM Holding S.p.A., a group which includes the Italtractor ITM S.p.A. Undercarriage Division and the Titan Italia S.p.A. Agricultural Wheels Division.
Since May 2016, she serves as Board Member, Chairman of the Control and Risk Committee and Lead Independent Director of Technogym S.p.A.
Since May 2020 she is Independent Director of Brunello Cucinelli S.p.A. and serves as member of the company's Control and Risk Committee (since May 2022 as Chairman). In April 2023, she was again appointed Chairman of the Control and Risks Committee and serves as Lead Independent Director.
Emanuela Bonadiman Independent DirectorClose
Emanuela Bonadiman was born in 1963 in Verona, Italy. She graduated in 1987 at the International Interpreters School of Mons, Belgium and graduated in 1988 in International Political Sciences at the Catholic University Louvain, Belgium. In 1990 she started her career in the HR function in the Automotive industry, at BMW Italy and Germany and has since been building HRM expertise and led multicultural teams across industries (e.g. in the capacity of VP HR EMEA in Trane Air Conditioning in Amsterdam; as VP HR Europe at Arrow Electronics in Milan; as VP HR Europe in Brussels and later Head of Talent Management in San Francisco at Levi’s; as WW Director HR Gucci and later Group Director Talent Management at Kering Group in Paris). She has developed indepth expertise in talent management, leadership development, executive coaching, learning, change management and total rewards systems in complex organizations. She is certified as coach in process excellence by the American Standard Company College in 1998. In 2008, being part of a global program for promoting gender equality and global diversity within Arrow Electronics, she has been awarded at the World Diversity Leadership Summit at the UN in New York, and has since put Corporate Social Responsibility at the core of her professional and personal agenda.
Since many years she is part of the EMLUX Master's program at the Catholic University of Milan as an adjunct professor. She is a lecturer in strategic management of Human Resources and has developed a "tailor-made " evolutionary path for Master's students. In the three-year period 2012-2014, she was a member of the Board of Directors of Datalogic S.p.A. as chairman of the Remuneration and Appointments Committee and member of the Audit and Risk Committee. Since April 2021, she is a member of the Board of Directors of ERG S.p.A. as an Independent Director and chairman of the Appointments and Compensation Committee.
Since May 2020, she is Independent Director of Brunello Cucinelli S.p.A. and she is member of the company's Remuneration and Appointments Committee (since May 2022 as Chairman). Furthermore, since May 2022, she serves as member of the company’s Control and Risks Committee. In April 2023, she was again confirmed as Chairman of the Remuneration and Appointments Committee and as a member of the company's Control and Risks Committee.
Since 2019 she leads her own practice providing executive coaching as well as supporting job seekers in their professional integration effort.
She lives in Belgium and speaks fluently Italian, French, English and practices German and Flemish.
Alessio Piastrelli DirectorClose
He was born on June 5th, 1981, in Perugia, where he attended the "Aldo Capitini" Technical Institute.
After a first working experience in his family business, he began working for Brunello Cucinelli in 2007, acquiring skills in production and specializing in the selection of fabrics and raw materials, with a specific focus on the leather sector.
In 2015 he joined the Men's Style Office where he improved his creative qualities until assuming the important role, currently held, of Men's Creative Director.
In 2021, he contributed to the development of the relationship between the Brunello Cucinelli Group and the iconic eyewear brand Oliver Peoples.
He has been cultivating a long-standing commitment to aesthetic-stylistic research.
His passions include the arts, film, motorsports and sports.
Since April 2023, he is a member of the Brunello Cucinelli S.p.A. Board of Directors.
Chiara Dorigotti Independent DirectorClose
After graduating with a degree in Business Administration at Bocconi University in 1993, she began her experience in London and Paris at Paribas Capital Markets (BNP Paribas Group), where she was in charge of stock market listings and equity and bond issues, becoming responsible for the Italian market. In 2000 she joined the Fininvest Group, reporting directly to the holding company's CEO to follow development operations of the group and its subsidiaries. In 2003 she joined Tiscali S.p.A. as Investor Relations and Corporate Finance Manager with responsibility for communication with investors, analysts and market authorities and for the company's financing and development activities abroad.
Since 2011 she is part of SEA S.p.A., the second largest airport operator in Italy, where she held corporate and business development roles, before becoming general manager in 2014 and, in 2019, CEO of SEA Prime S.p.A., a leading business and general aviation company in Italy and Europe, whose rebranding and infrastructure development process she oversaw at Linate and Malpensa airports.
She is independent director of Enervit S.p.A. since April 28th, 2017 and holds the position of Vice Chairman of the Related Parties Committee. She is independent director of Technogym S.p.A. since May 8th, 2018 and holds the positions of member of the Related Parties Committee and the Audit, Risk and Sustainability Committee.
Since April 2023, she is independent director of Brunello Cucinelli S.p.A.; she is member of the company's Control and Risks Committee and Remuneration and Appointments Committee.
Guido Barilla Independent DirectorClose
Guido Barilla, current Chairman of the Barilla Group, was born in Milan in July 1958.
After his studies in philosophy, he began his career in 1982 in the Sales Department of Barilla France, a subsidiary of the family company, and then went on to gain several working experiences in the United States at a few food companies.
He returned to Parma, the headquarters of the Barilla Group, and in 1986 became an executive dealing mainly with the internationalization of the business, and in 1988 assumed the position of vice president.
Following the death of his father Pietro, Guido Barilla was appointed President in October 1993, a position he still holds today. Since 2009, he has also been President of the Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition, now the Barilla Foundation.
During his career he has also served on the Boards of Credito Italiano, RAS Assicurazioni and Danone S.A.
Since April 2023 he is Independent Director of Brunello Cucinelli S.p.A.