SPRING ARRIVAL: Versace has tapped communications veteran Tomaso Galli to serve as an interim adviser, beginning April 1. Galli will focus on three areas: communicating any developments linked to the reorganization plan put in motion last fall by chief executive officer Gian Giacomo Ferraris; helping to find a replacement for Isabelle Harvie-Watt, the worldwide communications and public relations director who resigned in February to join Tod’s Group, and providing leadership during the transition and helping out with budgets.
The London-based Galli, who will end his consultancy at Prada at the end of the month, met Ferraris during his tenure at Gucci under Domenico De Sole’s stewardship. During his tenure, Galli played an integral role during Gucci’s initial public offering and was later wooed by Prada when the company first planned to go public, a project that has since been put on the back burner. Versace also has hinted in the past about a possible IPO.
Galli also is setting up Mercury Advisors, a firm that will support and advise companies facing critical reputation or business issues. The company will operate in Europe and Asia. — Alessandra Ilari