Burberry Group announces upcoming appointment of Jonathan Akeroyd to its Board of Directors as CEO

– UK, London –  Burberry Group PLC (LON: BRBY) today announced the appointment of Jonathan Akeroyd to its Board of Directors as CEO, effective 1 April 2022, to succeed Marco Gobbetti who will leave Burberry on 31 December 2021.

Gerry Murphy will chair the Executive Committee from this date until Jonathan joins Burberry.

“I am delighted that Jonathan Akeroyd will be joining Burberry as our next Chief Executive Officer. Jonathan is an experienced leader with a strong track record in building global luxury fashion brands and driving profitable growth. He shares our values and our ambition to build on Burberry’s unique British creative heritage and his deep luxury and fashion industry expertise will be key to advancing the next phase of Burberry’s evolution.” said Board Chair, Gerry Murphy.

Jonathan will join Burberry on 1 April 2022 and will report to Chair Gerry Murphy and the Board of Directors.

About Jonathan Akeroyd

A British national, Jonathan is currently CEO of Milan-based Gianni Versace SpA, a position he has held since June 2016. In his tenure at Versace, Jonathan has reorganized and accelerated growth at the iconic Italian fashion house, building on the brand’s rich creative heritage to elevate the product, communications, and customer experience.

Jonathan was previously CEO of Alexander McQueen from 2004 to 2016, during which time he led a turnaround of the British luxury brand and laid the foundation for global expansion. He has also held several senior fashion roles at London-based luxury department store Harrods.

Jonathan Akeroyd commented: “I am honoured to be joining Burberry as Chief Executive Officer. I have long admired Burberry’s position as the most iconic British luxury brand and I have a deep affection for its storied heritage. I am looking forward to returning to London where I first built my career in the luxury industry to join a talented team with ambitious plans for the future and a strong platform to accelerate growth.”

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