Eataly Appoints New CEO North America

by Katie Lee

New York City — Eataly, the international Italian restaurant and retail group, has appointed Tommaso Brusò as the new CEO of North America, effective Oct. 2, 2023.

Tommaso Brusò joins from Colourful Standard (part of RTG Group), the sustainable essentials clothing brand, where he was Group CEO. He was previously global COO for Benetton Group, where he spent a significant period of time in the U.S. Prior to that, he was CEO of Diesel North America from 2013-2017, CEO of Furla Americas from 2008-2013, and CEO of Fedon for the United States from 2004-2008. He has significant senior leadership experience with retail brands and a strong track record of growth for these brands across North America.

Eataly opened its first store in North America in 2010 in the Flatiron District in New York City. Today, it has 9 stores across the region in Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York, Silicon Valley and Toronto. It is planning to open an additional five stores in North America in the next 2 years as part of an ambitious growth strategy to open a total of 20 stores in North America over the next 5 years. Internationally, Eataly operates 47 stores in 16 countries across four continents including Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

The new CEO North America appointment follows the appointment of Eataly Group CEO, Andrea Cipolloni, in November 2022 and the subsequent senior management appointments of a new CFO, COO and head of HR earlier this year. The group’s majority shareholder, independent European investment firm Investindustrial, announced in September 2022 its investment of €200 million to support the growth of the business.

Eataly, founded in 2003 by Oscar Farinetti, is the sole global operator in the Italian food landscape combining high-end Italian food restaurants and quality Italian food retail.

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