Diego della Valle
Diego Della Valle was born on December 30 th 1953, in Casette D’Ete, in the Le Marche region, located on the Adriatic coast, in the centre of Italy.
After studying law in Bologna and a brief period working in the USA, he joined his father in the family business in 1975, where he gained valuable knowledge of high-quality production techniques.
Diego Della Valle held a leading role in determining the company strategy, creating brands to help identify the company’s products and developing an innovative marketing plan which focused on the industry of Made In Italy which later became a widely followed business model.
Diego Della Valle founded the Group Tod’s S.p.A. in October 2000 and has held the position of President and CEO since then. Tod’s S.p.A. is quoted on the Milan stock exchange and is a world leader in the luxury accessories sector, including brands Tod’s, Roger Vivier, Hogan and Fay. The family’s financial company acquired the Haute Couture brand Elsa Schiaparelli in 2006.
In 1996 Diego Della Valle was nominated for the Cavaliere del Lavoro (the highest honor in the Italian Republic for professional achievement); in 2000 he received an Honoris Causa Degree in Business and Economics from the University of Ancona followed by an Honoris Causa Degree in Economics and Management from the University of Sannio, in Benevento.
Diego Della Valle was and still is on the board of several companies including Banca Commerciale Italiana, Assicurazioni Generali, Ferrari, BNL, RCS and LVMH. Della Valle was among the principal shareholders of Saks Fifth Avenue and remains a shareholder of Mediobanca, Piaggio and other important companies.
Diego Della Valle is a member of the fundraising committee of the Umberto Veronesi Cancer Research Foundation and President of the Board of Directors of the Della Valle Foundation, a charity engaged in funding education for children.
Together with the Tod’s Group, Diego Della Valle has financed the major project of the restoration of the Colosseum in Rome and he is a founding member of Teatro alla Scala, in Milan. Furthermore, Diego Della Valle supports Save the Children and he has promoted the construction of schools and numerous philanthropic projects in his Region. To support the Region hit by a terrible earthquake in 2016, Della Valle financed the construction of a modern factory in Arquata del Tronto, which became fully operational after only 11 months.