Rocco Forte Hotels has appointed Michele Norsa as non-executive director with immediate effect.
Norsa has a wealth of experience in fashion and luxury companies, having most recently served as CEO and managing director of Italian shoemaker Salvatore Ferragamo.
He decided to step down after a decade at the helm and has been replaced by Eraldo Poletto.
Norsa is expected to continue to advise the Ferragamo family as a consultant and currently also serves on the board of directors of Oettinger Davidoff.
Additionally, Norsa is a member of the International Advisory Board of the China Europe International Business School (CEIBS).
He previously led major fashion and luxury companies in Italy including Valentino Fashion Group, Marzotto, Benetton Sportsystem Active and Sandys (Sergio Tacchini).
Sir Rocco Forte, chairman of Rocco Forte Hotels, said: "I am very pleased that Michele is joining us. His wealth of luxury brand experience will add to the expertise of our existing board of directors as we pursue a new phase of expansion in a number of major markets with particular focus on Italy."
Norsa graduated with first class honours in Business Administration from the Università Cattolica, Milan, in 1971 and speaks Italian, French, English and Spanish.
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