Global Fashion Agenda, the renowned forum for industry collaboration on sustainability in fashion, has appointed Federica Marchionni as Chief Executive Officer (CEO).
In her new role, Marchionni will be responsible for accelerating the growth of the organisation and building on its solid ten-year foundation based on a collective commitment to make sustainability fashion’s first priority. Her main tasks will include elevating the organisation’s prestigious forums including Copenhagen Fashion Summit and CFS+, continuing the publication of reputable thought leadership, and propelling its advocacy efforts. All led with the ultimate vision to foster a thriving fashion industry that creates prosperity for all people and communities by working within planetary boundaries, reversing its impact on climate change and protecting biodiversity.
Marchionni brings a wealth of experience to the organisation with a broad and varied understanding of the fashion industry and digital expertise, having previously attained leadership roles in Europe, USA and China. Most recently, Marchionni held the role of International CEO of Secoo, a Chinese e-commerce platform and one of the largest online luxury retailers in China. Prior to Secoo, she was CEO and Board Director at Lands’ End and President of Dolce&Gabbana Inc., based in New York. Her career began in the telecommunication industry in Italy, working for global players such as Samsung, Philips and Ericsson. Marchionni has a diverse set of skills and has placed sustainability high on her agenda during her career.
Niels Eskildsen, Chairman of Global Fashion Agenda says: “The Global Fashion Agenda Board of Directors and I are delighted to welcome such an esteemed senior fashion executive who has served in a wide array of leadership roles in Europe, USA and China. We’re certain that Federica, together with the Global Fashion Agenda team, will expand the reach of our mission to make fashion sustainable.”
Federica Marchionni says: “I felt a sense of urgency to lead something more impactful for the planet. Joining Global Fashion Agenda, with its excellent team and extraordinary partners, is an incredible opportunity to help accelerate the sustainability agenda in the fashion industry globally. The industry must act now, and bold decisions are needed to repurpose business models in order to create a prosperous industry.”
Marchionni will commence her role on 1 June 2021 and will relocate to Copenhagen, where she will lead the energised and dedicated Global Fashion Agenda team.