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December 13th

Palazzo Vecchio, Salone dei Cinquecento
Piazza della Signoria, Firenze

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Della Valle


Chairman & Ceo, Tod’s

Diego Della Valle was born in Casette D’Ete, near Fermo, Italy on December 30th, 1953. After studying law in Bologna and a brief spell working in the United States, in 1975 he joined his father in the family shoemaking business.
As well as gaining valuable knowledge of the shoe production process,  Diego Della Valle also had a leading role in determining the company strategy and in the creation of brands to identify the company’s products. He developed an innovative marketing plan that became the model for the worldwide expansion of the family business, and this has since been followed by many in the luxury goods industry.
Since October 2000, Diego Della Valle has been the President and CEO of Tod’s SpA, the new group he created. Tod’s SpA is now quoted on the Milan stock exchange and is a world leader in the luxury accessories sector.  Brands include Tod’s, Hogan, Fay and Roger Vivier.
In 1996 Diego Della Valle became a Cavaliere del Lavoro (the highest honour the Italian Republic bestows for professional achievements) and in 2000 he received a honorary degree in Business and Economics from the University of Ancona.
Diego Della Valle is on the board of several companies including LVMH, Assicurazioni Generali, the largest Italian insurance company, Ferrari, the eyewear manufacturer Marcolin, RCS, the publishing company of ‘il Corriere della Sera’, NTV Nuovo Trasporti Viaggiatori. He is a shareholder and member of the shareholders’ agreement of Investment bank Mediobanca.
He is also a shareholder with is brother Andrea, through holding companies owned by his family, of Tod’s SpA, Mediobanca, RCS, Sak’s Fifth Avenue, Marcolin, Piaggio, Cinecittà, Italian movie studios, Fondo Charme  and Fiorentina Football team.
Diego Della Valle is a member of the fundraising committee of the Umberto Veronesi Cancer Research Foundation and President of the Board of Directors of the Della Valle Onlus Foundation, a charity engaged in funding schooling for children.