March 9 & 23 - A Series featuring Giovanni Caforio and Claudio Del Vecchio
Join the Italian Cultural Institute of New York for this series which focuses on the excellence of Italian human capital and personal success stories, presenting Italian top managers holding significant positions in global companies.
Istituto Italiano di Cultura New York
Managers: From Italy to Top Global Businesses
Giovanni Caforio, CEO, Bristol-Meyers Squibb
Thursday, March 9th
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Claudio Del Vecchio, President and CEO, Brooks Brothers Group
Thursday, March 23rd
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Italian Cultural Institute of New York
686 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10021
Note: Your RSVP is valid for ONE person. You will receive email confirmation.
Join the Italian Cultural Institute of New York for this series, Managers: From Italy to Top Global Businesses, which focuses on the excellence of Italian human capital and personal success stories, presenting Italian top managers holding significant positions in global companies. March 9th and March 23rd will see the second and third events of the series--and conversations with Giovanni Caforio, CEO, Bristol-Meyers Squibb (3/9) and with Claudio Del Vecchio, CEO, Brooks Brothers Group (3/23).
March 9 RSVP: http://www.iicnewyork.esteri.it/iic_newyork/en/gli_eventi/calendario/2017/03/managers-from-italy-to-top-global_0.html?modulo=1
March 23 RSVP: http://www.iicnewyork.esteri.it/iic_newyork/en/gli_eventi/calendario/2017/03/managers-from-italy-to-top-global_1.html?modulo=1
Giovanni Caforio became CEO of BMS Bristol-Meyers Squibb on May 5, 2015. Prior to becoming CEO, he served as chief operating officer with responsibility for leading a fully integrated worldwide commercial organization and the company-wide functions of Enterprise Services and Global Manufacturing & Supply. In June 2014, Mr. Caforio was elected to the company's Board of Directors. Additionally, he served as BMS's chief commercial officer. As a leader, Mr. Caforio's focus is on developing talented managers with the diverse experiences and competencies needed for the continued success of the company.
He joined Bristol-Meyers Squibb in 2000 as vice president and general manager, Italy, in the Worldwide Medicines Group. Prior to joining BMS, Mr. Caforio spent 12 years with Abbott Laboratories in a number of leadership positions. Born and educated in Italy, Mr. Caforio received his M.D. from the University of Rome. In addition to Italian and English, he is fluent in Spanish, French and Portuguese. He currently resides in New Jersey with his wife and two children.
Claudio Del Vecchio is President and CEO, The Brooks Brothers Group which he acquired in 2001 and which he relaunched, creating a diversified manufacturing and commercial group around the brand. Mr. Del Vecchio moved to the US in 1982 and contributed to the success of Luxottica, the first manufacturer and distributor of eyeglasses in the US and the family brand. In June 2014, Mr. Del Vecchio was appointed Cavaliere del Lavoro by the President of the Republic Giorgio Napolitano.
Luxottica, founded by Mr. Del Vecchio's father Leonardo in 1961, turned eyeglasses from a purely medical device into a fashionable and even glamorous piece of apparel. Thanks to the strategic decision to acquire Lens Crafters and SunGlass Hut in the 1980s, when Mr. Del Vecchio led its US market, Luxottica has become one of the few international Italian companies and is a worldwide leader in the eyewear industry. With Lens Crafters, Luxottica acquired Casual Corner which was in serious financial difficulty. Mr. Del Vecchio took over the company, managed to turn things around and, in so doing, decided to repeat the experience of running a business on his own.
From Brooks Brothers' website, an interview with Mr. Del Vecchio: "My father instilled a love for beautiful things and believed that quality is the best investment one can make. To go to work every day with passion and to share that passion is something he values greatly. He taught me to think long-term and not to be influenced by trends, which is important at a company like Brooks Brothers. Being true to our brand, and not just short-term fashion, has served us well throughout our history."
Maria Teresa Cometto is a journalist and award-winning author based in New York. Since 2000 she has been covering business and high-tech for Corriere della Sera, the leading Italian daily.