Moleskine has announced the appointment of Daniela Riccardi as the brand’s new CEO. She will join the company in April 2020.
Daniela Riccardi, who is Italian, has built an extensive international career during which she successfully led and turned around businesses and brands around the world.
She has held various senior management positions at Procter & Gamble (Italy, Belgium, Latin America, Moscow and China) between 1985 and 2010, during which she successfully established and implemented growth strategies, restructured businesses and led businesses in fast growing markets.
During 2010-2013 she was the CEO of Diesel, the Italian clothing company. Under her leadership a strategic plan and organisational structure were set up to make the business model sustainable while restoring financial health.
In 2013 she became CEO of Baccarat, the French luxury brand recognised internationally for its exclusive crystal products. Riccardi rejuvenated the brand and improved its financial performance.
Since 2013 she has been a member of the Board of Directors of WPP (since 2013) and of Kering since 2014.
Daniela Riccardi commented: “I am very honoured to take the lead of Moleskine, a legendary and unique brand that changed the meaning of notebooks, and offers still today many opportunities for developing and extending its relevance.
“I am also very happy to be back in Italy, my own country, and leverage the experience gathered around the world to support an iconic Italian brand and contribute to the success of the Italian business environment.”
Francis Deprez, CEO of D’Ieteren, commented: “I am thrilled that Daniela Riccardi will be joining Moleskine as the new CEO. Her inspirational leadership, her impressive expertise as brand visionary, as well as her extensive experience with premium and lifestyle sectors, will help Moleskine fully realise its purpose of sharing human knowledge and culture, and continue to pursue its profitable growth ambitions during the next phase of its development.”
Daniela Riccardi is a Magna Cum Laude graduate in Political Science and International Studies at the Sapienza University in Rome and completed a Fellowship in Marketing at Yale University.