EXCLUSIVE: Net-A-Porter managing director Nicola Brandolese reportedly steps down

Net-A-Porter Nicola Brandolese YNAP
Nicola Brandolese had joined the company in September 2019
// Net-A-Porter managing director Nicola Brandolese has reportedly left the online retailer
// Brandolese had previously served as CEO of luxury footwear retailer Giuseppe Zanotti
// Yoox Net-A-Porter sought to bolster the senior management team upon hiring Brandolese

Net-A-Porter managing director Nicola Brandolese has reportedly stepped down from the company after serving just over a year in his role.

According to an anonymous source who spoke to Retail Gazette, Brandolese is understood to have stepped down from the luxury online retailer last week.

Brandolese was appointed as Net-A-Porter managing director in September last year, as parent company Yoox Net-A-Porter (YNAP) sought to bolster its senior management team.


At the time, Brandolese was given the responsibility of day-to-day management of the online British fashion retailer, driving its global expansion and overseeing its commercial strategy and relationships with global luxury brands.

Prior to Net-A-Porter, he has served as the chief executive of luxury footwear retailer Giuseppe Zanotti.

He was also the group executive for luxury conglomerate LVMH, working on major programmes for its stable of luxury brands including Fendi.

Prior experience also includes senior leadership roles with eyewear retailer Luxottica, where he was group president for global retail, as well as chief digital officer.

Retail Gazette has contacted YNAP for comment.

Separately, rubber Wellington boot and footwear retailer Hunter hired Net-a-Porter co-founder and luxury retail veteran Claudia Plant to take on the role of chief marketing officer.

Plant, who has over 25 years of experience in retail, joined Hunter on Tuesday, reporting into interim chief executive Paolo Porta.

At Hunter, Plant will be tasked with shaping the retailer and brand’s positioning while also being responsible for delivering Hunter’s global marketing and communication strategy and driving its transformation.

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