Online luxury fashion group Yoox Net-a-Porter has appointed Instagram’s global head of fashion partnerships and a former Selfridges chief executive as independent directors of the company.

Vittorio Radice, who is currently vice chairman of Italian department store La Rinascente, was chief executive of Selfridges from 1996 until 2003, and Eva Chen, who named head of fashion at Instagram in July, joined the board this week.

The appointments mean that the Yoox Net-a-Porter board now comprises of 11 directors, seven of which are independent.

Federico Marchetti, chief executive of Yoox Net-a-Porter, said: “Eva’s appointment brings our customers right onto the board. She is one of the industry’s most connected and innovative voices and brings a fresh, youthful perspective together with exceptional expertise at the convergence of social commerce and fashion. She also represents one of our most important markets - the US - and will bring that sensibility to the heart of the business.”

Marchetti added: ”Vittorio is a retail connoisseur and a champion of exceptional service. His extensive professional experience of traditional luxury retail in both London and Milan perfectly unites the heritages of the combined group and will provide vital insights as we enter an exciting new phase of growth.”

Commenting on her appointment Chen added: “I’m honoured to be joining the industry leaders on the Yoox Net-a-Porter team and sharing my passion for all things content, commerce and social.”





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