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November 27th

University Bocconi

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Mark LEE

Chairman & CEO, Gucci

Mark Lee has been Chief Executive Officer of Gucci since July 2005, having served as President and Managing Director since November 2004.

Mr. Lee is 44 years old and is an American citizen. He joined Gucci in 1996 as Worldwide Director of Women’s Ready-to-Wear, becoming, in 1997, Worldwide Merchandising Director, responsible for worldwide merchandising of all Gucci Division product categories.

In December 1999, he was appointed CEO of Yves Saint Laurent.

Prior to joining the Gucci Group, he was Managing Director of Jil Sander America Inc., where he established a subsidiary company for Jil Sander in North America. Prior to joining Jil Sander, Mr. Lee was with Giorgio Armani, responsible for all commercial and wholesale activities in North America.

Mr. Lee graduated from New York University in 1984.

Founded in Florence in 1921, Gucci is one of the world's leading luxury brands. Gucci designs, manufactures and distributes luxury leather goods, shoes, ready-to-wear clothing, silks, timepieces and fine jewelry. Gucci's core values are uncompromised Italian craftsmanship, outstanding quality, luxury and exclusivity.

Under Mr. Lee's leadership, Gucci achieved record performance in 2005 and 2006 growing sales 18.4 and 16.8 percent respectively surpassing 2 billion Euro for the first time at end of 2006. Gucci continues to retain a high degree of direct control over operations with more than 70 percent of worldwide revenues coming from Gucci's 229 directly operated stores around the world (as of September 2007).

Gucci has been ranked among the world’s 50 most valuable brands – and named the most valuable Italian brand in any sector for three consecutive years – in Interbrand’s annual brand valuation survey.