Council Members

Alessandra Giansanti Zorlas

Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations for EUROITALY INC.

 

After graduating from the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC with a degree in Finance and Communication, Alessandra began her career in sales for Ralph Lauren fragrances.

 

After beginning work at Euroitaly, little did she realize that she was embarking on what is now a 22 year journey working on such illustrious Italian brands as Dolce & Gabbana, Missoni, Moschino and Versace Parfum.

 

Alessandra’s passion for the outdoors and all things Italian serve as inspirations in both her personal and professional life. Spending summers in Italy as a child contribute to her love of Italy and admiration for its beauty. Every day her work creativity grows from her Italian adventures and Italian family experiences. Alessandra is an active member of the Fragrance Foundation, Cosmetic Executive Women and National Italian American Foundation.

 

She lives in New Jersey with her husband Paul, her three amazing children Anastasia, Francesca and James Paul, and their golden retriever Zeus.
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Claudia Marcocci

Gucci Beauty Senior Vice President

 

Claudia Marcocci joined Coty in October 2016 as Gucci Beauty VP and was promoted Gucci Beauty Senior Vice President in September 2017, after having been leading Gucci for 2 years and through the transition with P&G Specialty Beauty brands.

 

Claudia has a significant track record of 17 years fully spent in Luxury beauty (fragrances and cosmetics), and has held several positions at P&G Prestige, including being appointed the first ever Global Digital & Ecommerce director in P&G Prestige and leading the Dolce & Gabbana Beauty Business at P&G for more than 5 years.

 

Claudia is a graduate of Universita’ La Sapienza in Rome in Italy. She is from Rome, married, has two children Stella & Elia, and lives in Paris.

Linda G. Levy

President of The Fragrance Foundation

 

Linda is an established beauty executive, described by The Cut as the “Fairy Godmother of Fragrances.”

 

She was appointed President in 2017 and refocused their mission “To inspire the world to discover the artistry and passion of fragrance.”She united the industry to engage consumers on an ongoing basis and declared March 21st as Fragrance Day.

 

Before joining the Foundation, Levy previously held senior positions at Macy’s, Estée Lauder, P&G, and L’Oréal.
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Ric Pipino

Celebrity Hair Stylist

 

Internationally renowned celebrity hair stylist Ric Pipino began his career in his native Sydney, Australia. He moved to London working with fashion magazines such as British Vogue and Harper’s & Queen, where he immediately became known for his “shear magic”.

 

In 1981, Pipino moved to New York City at the demand of influential fashion and beauty editors. After years of styling top models, celebrities and designers, Ric opened his first salon in 2002, Pipino Salon at the Shore Club in Miami followed by his second location Pipino Nolita, in downtown Manhattan in the spring of 2009.

 

Over the past three decades, Ric has built a reputation as the “it” stylist to celebrities and Hollywood’s elite. Know for creating sexy long layers and haircuts that grow out beautifully. Ric’s clients include notable names such as: Bridget Monahan, Lady Gaga, Petra Nemcova, Diane Lane, Donna Karan, Chelsea Leyland, Christie Brinkley and Jane Krakowski. High fashion work includes layouts in Vogue, Marie Claire, Elle, Cosmopolitan, Glamour and GQ to name a few.

 

Ric Currently works from his Manhattan and Los Angeles locations and travels regularly, working On Location around the globe to cater to his international clientele.

Rossano Ferretti

Founder & Chairman of Rossano Ferretti Group of Companies

 

At the age of 14, I followed the family tradition attending hairdressing school. I then started my journey to define my own style.

 

In the last 20 years, I have created “The Method”, and the “Invisible Cut” -a revolutionary haircut with natural fall; opened more than 20 salons in the most exclusive worldwide locations creating a unique experience for discerning clients including celebrities, influencers, and even royalty; and became ambassador of top beauty companies like L’Oreal or Coty.
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Vito-Massimo-Emiliano Pollina

Vice-President of Brand Portfolio Growth and Commercial Activation at Coty North America Professional Beauty

 

A dynamic business leader with a passion for driving organizational success, Vito-Massimo-Emiliano Pollina is currently Vice-President of Brand Portfolio Growth and Commercial Activation at Coty North America Professional Beauty (key brands: Wella Professionals, OPI, Nioxin, Sebastian).

 

In a career that has spanned five countries and the FMCG, Luxury and Professional Beauty sectors, Vito has inspired his teams to achieve outstanding results across all channels. After beginning his career in sales at P&G, he rapidly moved into management of commercial operations and marketing for such storied brands as Gucci; Hugo Boss; Dash; Ace; Swiffer, Pantene; Gillette, Olay and Infasil.

 

Upon the merge of P&G Specialty Brand with Coty in 2016, Vito has led the transformation of Coty Professional NA into a nimble, digitally adept and customer focused omni-channel beauty challenger.

Riccardo Pozzoli

Social Talents Creative Director, Conde Nast Italia

 

Riccardo Pozzoli is an entrepreneur who studied Finance and received a Management & Marketing Masters degree at The Bocconi Business School in Milan.

 

Upon graduating, he co-founded TheBlondeSalad (TBS), a blog that would become one of the most influential in the fashionblogosphere. He contributed to developing a business method for brand-influencer collaborations. In addition, Riccardo co-founded Chiara Ferragni Collections, expanding the blogger business into retail.

 

Nominated Men’s Best Social Engager at the Socialyte Gala 2013 Awards, Pozzoli took part in writing TheBlondeSalad business cases in 2015 and 2017 in collaboration with Harvard Business School. In 2016, Pozzoli founded Foorban, a virtual restaurant revolutionizing the concept of the business lunch.

 

Today, living between Milan and New York City, Pozzoli sits on various company boards, consults about digital strategy and is working on the launches of new startups. Known for his diverse lifestyle, Riccardo is an ambassador of sports, the automotive industry, watches and fashion brands.
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Vincent Longo

Celebrity Makeup Artist

 

Vincent Longo is an Italian/Australian born celebrity makeup artist and creative beauty expert with entrepreneurial experience in product development and cosmetic brand building.

 

After 20 years of curating the Vincent Longo Cosmetics legacy line, he is now focusing on education and formulating the next generation of products Made in Italy with his new beauty brands slated for launch in 2020.

 

Vincent continues to work as a freelance makeup artist on photoshoots with beauty icons, royals, and celebrities.

Valerie Garot

Marekting Director North America,
Storie Veneziane (La Maison Valmont)

 

Over the past 15 years, Valerie has grown in her passion and marketing expertise as she served major cosmetic houses as Guerlain in France and L’Oréal in Canada.

 

Now Marketing Director for the Valmont Group in North America, she and her team relentlessly work to develop its four pillars: iconic skincare brands Valmont and L’Elixir des Glaciers, fine fragrances Storie Veneziane and the Valmont Foundation for arts, both nested in an emblematic Venetian Palazzo.
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