Former Gucci CEO Patrizio di Marco has joined the board of Italian fashion house Dolce & Gabbana. Di Marco's appointment comes on the heels of an array of reports early this year that the former chairman and chief executive officer of Gucci was set to join Dolce & Gabbana after honoring his one-year non-compete agreement, a move that was put on hold after di Marco and the company failed to reach an agreement over his role and the company’s structure. As of now, di Marco is serving on the brand's board, as well as in an independent adviser role. He is also expected to help oversee an impending public listing for the brand.
The 53-year-old di Marco, who confirmed the news to WWD, ran Kering SA-owned Gucci for six years, growing sales by nearly two-thirds. He rather abruptly got the boot in December 2014 along with longtime creative director and now wife Frida Giannini after five quarters of little to no growth. Dolce & Gabbana, founded by designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana in 1995, has struggled to grow in recent years amid a broader slowdown in luxury demand.