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Eataly taps Tommaso Brusò as North American CEO

Brusò brings fashion industry experience to the Italian restaurant and retail company
10/3/2023
Tommaso Brusò
Tommaso Brusò

Eataly has appointed Tommaso Brusò as its CEO for North America.

Brusò joins the Italian restaurant and retail group from clothing brand Colourful Standard, where he was group CEO. 

He previously served as global COO for Benetton Group in the U.S. Prior to that, he was CEO of Diesel North America from 2013 to 2017, CEO of Furla Americas from 2008 to 2013, and CEO of Fedon in the U.S. from 2004 to 2008.  

Eataly opened its first store in North America in 2010 in New York. Today, it has nine stores across North America in Toronto, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and Silicon Valley, as well as New York.

The grocer is planning to open an additional five stores in North America in the next two years as part of its growth strategy to open a total of 20 stores in North America over the next five years. 

Internationally, Eataly operates 47 stores in 16 countries across four continents including Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

“To continue with the Group’s growth in North America we are welcoming an Italian Manager with great experience in the USA like Tommaso Brusò,” said Andrea Cipolloni, group CEO of Eataly, in a statement. “Given our significant growth ambitions in North America, the CEO North America position is a newly created role. Tommaso arrives at an important time for the group and will be instrumental to the development and growth of a market of primary importance for Eataly. His role involves close collaboration with the new senior management who have joined the company in recent months.”

The news follows Cipolloni’s appointment in November 2022, and the subsequent senior management appointments of a new CFO, COO and head of HR earlier this year. 

“I am very excited and honored to be joining Eataly. Living in NYC for many years, I have always been a big fan of this brand, which represents the extraordinary Italian food experience,” stated Brusò. “Food together with fashion, are globally recognized as Italian excellences and I believe that my significant experience in the fashion industry will make a strong contribution to taking the Eataly brand to the next level. I look forward to working with our team and stakeholders to expand the Group, always supported by the best-in-class operations for our community.”

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